As this semester in Austria is winding down I’ve realized that there a lot of things that my fellow students and I have learned. So instead of listing off places I’ve traveled, with the help of my peers I decided it’d be more fun to make a list of rules that we’ve learned and lived by while living here in Austria.
As I was sitting in class today, I was shocked as I came to the realization that there is only one week of classes left in the semester. I know we all say this every year, but this semester seriously went by so quickly. You always think that life will slow down, but honestly, it only gets busier.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks full of life-changing moments, traveling, and more traveling. These past few weeks have been full of Our Lady. If you’re wondering what I mean by that, it means that in the past three weeks, the image of the Black Madonna visited the Gaming campus, I spent a week in Lourdes volunteering at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, and I made a pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
As I was shopping in the local grocery store the other day, I was struck by the Christmas decorations that went up almost immediately after Halloween. Although I am inspired by this enthusiasm for the Christmas season, we cannot forget about Thanksgiving. Consequently, as a rule, I will not allow myself to listen to Christmas music until then, despite the fact that I am extremely tempted.