Friday, May 03, 2013

Endings and beginnings...

...and things changing...

Final weekend of my 5-year Degree course at Maryvale. For the past several trips to Birmingham, I've travelled by the cheaper Chiltern Line, which also mean arriving at the v. agreeable Moor Street station, ("retro"). Then one hurries through the underpass, and can get a taxi from New St station...except that today it was all different. They're doing some major reconstruction, and youngsters carrying magnificent signs, depicting giant-sized hands pointing the way, directed us all to a new taxi rank, in a new and different street...and what with this, and a sensation of gosh-this-is-my-last-Maryvale-weekend, and so on, gave this Friday evening a different feel from others...

Maryvale with an unchanging welcome...the sudden gulpy feeling as I was given some lovely cards of congratulation and kind things were said re the DSG...then a talkative supper, followed by study time, and then the sound of singing from the chapel, and I hurried, a trifle late, into Night Prayer. I love the chapel here, the candles glowing, the voices saying the psalms turn-and-turn-about...

Exams tomorrow.

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3 comments:

Bob Hayes said...

Maryvale is superb. I was there last weekend for the second residential of my course (Certificate in Studies in the Catholic Catechism) and enjoyed every moment. The combination of prayer, study, a great community and tranquility is truly wonderful.

Oh, and Chiltern Railways offers a relaxing alternative for travel between London and Birmingham!

Malcolm said...

Good luck in your exams, Joanna.

1catholicsalmon.com said...

All the best! 5 year degree...great achievement!!