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Students greatly enjoyed this morning’s class and its discussion of Pascal’s “Wager.” The conversation focused on the terms of the wager and their implications — the finite vs. the infinite, the difference between pleasure and true happiness, the existence of objective truth and morality, and whether we are capable of recognizing them. A good many students attended the midday Mass immediately afterward.

At lunch students looked forward to this afternoon’s class, which will examine St. Thomas’s proof for the existence of God in the order of nature, complemented by the microcosm of that order on display in Jean Henri Fabre’s account of the life of the bee. Later this afternoon there will be recreation and altar-server training. Then, tonight is “Arts and Fire Night” — consisting of the highly anticipated production of Comedy of Errors, praying at the outdoor Stations of the Cross, and music and s’mores by the bonfire!

On Saturday morning, the group will take a long hike in the Los Padres National Forest. Look out for a post and photos later in the day.