Monday, September 14, 2009

The Italian Test, Your Prayers, and My Future Posts

I think I'm finally down to being only one post behind. I will try to get that one up here soon, but then I'm going incommunicado for at least the next week. A week from today we have our Italian language proficiency test, which is more than a little worrisome. We essentially need to prove the equivalent of somewhere between three and four good college semesters' worth of knowledge and ability in Italian- proving our "independence" with the language, if not our fluency. Since I have now had only 10 good days of it here and 12 good lessons back home, I predict that I have a bit of a challenging week of studying ahead of me. Worst case scenario, I have to retake it in December, but please pray for me and for all of us first-years, especially those of us who are not particularly gifted linguistically *cough* *cough*. I will let you know how that went when I know something... May God bless and keep you all. Be assured of my prayers.


  1. Hey, Tommy. I will DEFINITELY say a prayer for you during your proficiency test. Although my parents spoke Italian fluently, sadly, I am unable to offer you assistance. You see, they only spoke Italian when they didn't want us to know what they were talking about!! (And my Grandma only taught us the bad words....!)

    God bless!


  2. Lots of prayers coming your way, Tom. We are so enjoying your posts. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Lots of love & prayers from the whole family! Pax, Joelle.

  3. The Bult Family offered our Friday morning Mass for you (specifically for your Italian test). Saw your parents last night at a JMJ gathering and they asked for prayers for you. St. Augustine's seemed different without you. I think Andrew and Bryan may need to offer to serve! Enjoying your blog!

  4. I very much enjoy your posts, especially the pictures. You won't need it, but good luck during your Italian exams. We will keep you in our prayers.

    The Simonds

  5. Hi Tom, know that you are in our prayers daily and we miss you on Tuesday nights. By the way, who the heck is this Francis you keep talking about. God bless, Fr. L

  6. Thanks for all the thoughtful posts.

    I will tell "Francis" what you said, Father, next time I see him. [:)