There is only two months left in the semester, and it is only now dawning on me how little time I have left with these wonderful people in this amazing place that I have grown to love so much. I feel completely polarized – half the time I’m anxious to get on with life after graduation, while the other half of me doesn’t want to leave behind the fellowship and comforts of Steubenville. (I never thought in a million years I’d be saying that — but a I am saying it!) And as midterms approach I have come to realize how blessed I’ve been with my education here.
I am taking a Humanities and Catholic Culture class for the first time, and I am just now realizing how much I still need and want to learn. I know that there is not enough time in the world to learn everything I want to, let alone time in the semester. This class has taught me the importance of having a liberal arts education which means, in my truly humble opinion (seriously I just started learning about this stuff), learning how to learn and hopefully becoming aware of myself and understanding reality. As a communication arts student and a filmmaker, this class has really pushed me to understand reality in light of filmmaking. What does it mean to be a filmmaker? Why make films? What should your films be about? Even though it isn’t a film class, it has most definitely influenced my voice as a filmmaker. The end goal of the liberal arts education finds its ultimate end in a person’s perfection of himself and those around him in order to eventually be united with God in heaven. I think this translates into film because film for me is an opportunity to understand man more fully. That is why we tell stories, right? That and to entertain. But I believe the most entertaining stories are those that shed light in some way on our humanity and ultimate ends. This class (along with the other classes I’m taking: Theology of the Church and Theology of the Body) is truly changing my life, and there have been a couple of classes that have done so at Franciscan. The wonderful thing about having a Catholic education is that you can learn about something and how it adds to your ultimate goal, and then you can live. Pretty cool stuff.
A couple weeks ago was Ash Wednesday and thus the start of Lent! Lent is always an exciting time for me because it is a new start. I am so thankful for new starts because they are occasions for conversion. As I enter into Lent and embark on another mission in Honduras, I thank God for teaching me something new every day and look forward to the new experiences he has waiting for me.
I’m Brian Robau, and I had a great time during my semester abroad in Austria. There’s something incredibly stimulating about traveling, trying new things, and going out of the everyday comfort zone. Maybe it’s the excitement of being in a new place, or anticipating the unknown. If there is anything that I’ve learned through attending Franciscan these past two years though, it is that everything starts and finishes in Christ.