Friday was another great day! Students had prepared for two classes. The first was about French naturalist J. Henri Fabre’s The Bees, through which one gets more than a glimpse of the inherent beauty and order of nature. The second was about St. Thomas Aquinas’ fifth proof for the existence of God, in which students examined the distinction between an evil act and the good which God necessarily draws from it.
After recreation and dinner, students returned to the library for a dramatic reading of Macbeth. The prefects all agreed that this particular reading was one of the best — if not the best — that they had ever seen. At the end of each act, the prefects put on a satiric interpretation of what had just transpired in the play, adding social commentary to the tragedy.
When the play was done, students headed to the Chapel to recite the rosary, and then down to a grassy area near one of the spring-fed ponds to enjoy ice-cream sandwiches and to sing songs around a campfire. To close the evening the students joined in a heartfelt round of "Amazing Grace," made all the stronger and more poignant by prefect David Langley's bagpipe accompaniment.
There have been calls for another fire and music night … we’re going to see if we can pull it off!