Thursday, October 20, 2005

dogs and saints

The geriatric dog just cast aside his Greenie (biscuit of clean teeth) in pursuit of a vicious squirrel. Go get 'em, Sam.

Today is the feast day of Contard Ferrini, the patron of universities. "A saint with a PhD," thought I, "this bodes well."

In 1880 CF left Italy to pursue futher study in Berlin. Shocked by the lax ethics of the university and of the immoral Protestant Germans, he took a vow of perpetual virginity before returning to Italy. There his classes were popular and he took up rock climbing as a hobby.

My saint guide asserts that the popularity of CF's classes stemmed from his open admission of his Christian faith. I do wonder if those words carried the same meaning and expectation then as they do now. Particularly in Indiana, "open expression of faith" in the classroom tends to mean "evangelizing" hence its volitility. Many history teachers and professors skirt around the issue of belief in any context, for fear of upsetting the balance. Students learn that the Momrmons faced persecution for their religious beliefs and headed west, but not very much about those beliefs.

Wonder how the CF would do in one of my classes.

Words Written: a hundred or so
Lessons Graded: nine

2 comments:

TeacherRefPoet said...

In graduate school, virginity is quite easy to practice.

torporific said...

This is a no brainer, but I thought you might be interested. I need to get another dog.

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