I must be crazy. Many people think I am.
I am turning down a scholarship that I applied for and prayed for. It is to study Catholic Studies and general arts at Kings University College. It is worth $4,000 in first year and $3, 000 for three consecutive years - a total value of $13, 000.
I am instead applying to Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy(OLSWA) in Barry’s Bay. It is not an accredited school (yet), and so it cannot grant degrees. There are no scolarships. There is not even OSAP to apply for, as it is not yet accredited and OSAP only supports accredited schools.
In order to get there, I will most likely have to take another year off of school. The goal will be to save enough money for at least one semester, though I would prefer to experience a full year of OLSWA.
If it is the case that I must work for a year, I will remain in Sarnia for that year. I might study Spanish, and I am going to look into courses to qualify as an ESL teacher. I hope I might be able to go work with NPH one day.
NPH is an organization that was started by a Catholic priest. The people involved with NPH care for orphans in the economically poorer countries. I stress ‘economically poorer’ because I realized, when on a RayJon trip to the Dominican Republic, that at least some of these 3rd World Countries are actually very rich. They are blessed with a culture, with a faith, and with a joy that goes far beyond anything most of us in “first class” countries possess. We are poisoned by our consumerism.
I don’t know, though. I haven’t looked into it. I am not yet qualified, and I don’t know for sure what they would require, other than that the applicant speak the language of whichever area they are applying to work in.
I am giving up an immediate future that seemed so certain so that I can work towards something so uncertain.
Yet, I hope OLSWA will help to form me in my faith; I long to be instructed in Catholic history, culture, and theology - and thus, it is OLSWA that offers the one thing I desire so much: a chance to grow intellectually, emotionally and actually closer to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Paraclete.
Thus I am looking forward to this coming year, be it one spent at OLSWA or one spent at home in Sarnia. It is not Kings. It is not University (not yet).
I must be crazy. Many people think that I am; when they tell me so, I say ‘Amen to that!’
in love and faith,
and full of hope,