Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Great Start to the Day!

I don't know how today could get any better:

I woke up, refreshed, at 6:00 am. I made coffee, ate a bowl of Fiber 1 cereal, and watched BBC news. I stretched out and then went for a 6.3-mile run which I did four minutes faster than my run on Friday and over a minute faster than Monday's run. It must be the new shoes that I bought!

I celebrated my time with a large coffee and a protein bar. I came home, shaved and showered, and ambled over to the house with internet access so that I could check my email.

In my inbox, I found seven new emails. One of them was from eminent Domincan philosopher, Father Fergus Kerr, informing me that my article entitled Recovering Rahner's Concept of Being in Spirit in the World has been accepted for publication in New Blackfriars Review. What is especially heartening is that I have to make no corrections to the manuscript: they're going to publish it as I sent it. The NBR is a venerable publication published by the Dominicans of the English Province emphasizing articles emphasizing theology, philosophy, and cultural studies.

A special thanks is due to one person (among many) for helping me: Father Terrance Klein of Fordham's Theology Department. Father Klein has been invaluable in forming my thinking and approach to theology. He is a master teacher and a great friend and I can only hope that our professional and personal paths will continue to intersect in the years to come. He has been a great mentor and guide, traits any graduate student certainly appreciates.

In the great scheme of life, this is certainly not the most momentous occasion: my ordination to the priesthood, or the birth of a new niece or nephew, certainly rank higher. Nevertheless, it is thrilling to learn that your work makes an ostensible contribution to the academy and that it is of publishable quality. As one who desires very much to serve the Church as a theologian, this only affirms and emboldens my desires.
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