|Tiffany Donohue, Meredith White, me, Tom Reilly, Stefany Wragg, Beatriz|
On Wednesday afternoon, after a tutorial with Fr. John on virtue ethics, I wandered across the Magdalen Bridge to South Parks. The green expanse of meadows dotted with trees is a peaceful break from the streets of the city. Climb to the top of the hill, turn to face the city and a panoramic view of the Oxford skyline unfolds before your eyes. School children in their uniforms enjoyed their recess break, picnickers lounged on their blankets leisurely basking in the warm sunshine, and I sat reading and trying to identify the various spires that pierced above the roofs of the city below.
As the sky grew overcast, not wanting to be caught in a downpour in the middle of the meadows, I relocated to the quad of Oriel College. It felt quite appropriate to be reading Bl. John Henry Newman’s novel Loss and Gain at the college he attended!
Wednesday evening, the Aquinas Reading Group had their end-of-term garden party. It was lovely to get to chat with the others students and friars, and amazing to think how many good friends we’ve met in only a few weeks!
On Thursday we attended our last lectures: one in moral theology on the family, and one on Aquinas.
|Beatriz, Shaun, Genevieve, me, and Elizabeth in the|
Magdalen dining hall.
|The house in the background is where Elizabeth lives.|
As they headed off to their physics lab, Beatriz and I ventured over to the Carfax Tower, the clock-tower at the end of Cornmarket Street. Climbing to the top, we had an amazing view of the city, with the Cotswolds unfolding in the distance.