Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

25 August 2008

Studies

"The goal of this class is to solve the most important and difficult problem in the history of the universe." -Dr. Moser in his introduction to Philosophy of God

As of today I'm officially a grad student, and what better way to start than with the "most important and difficult" questions. Does God exist? Do (Can) we know God exists? The answers to these questions change everything. This class caused me to reflect on the privilege of advanced philosophical and theological studies. Where else does one explicitly ask then deeply reflect upon the most important questions? Monasteries perhaps-- universities grew out of them after all. I'm not going to answer the most important question other than an inadequate because it's not a question that is ever really answered but always lived with and in. Though if pressed... yes and yes.

Now on to reflection.

And all for the greater glory of God who is both knowable and beyond all knowing; who exists and is beyond all existence.

23 August 2008

Loyola

Greetings from Loyola University Chicago.

My head is still spinning from all the recent business of vows and moving to Chicago. Vows were wonderful but overwhelming experience. I was touched how many friends and family came to Detroit to support me. I was particularly touched by the number of my brother Jesuits who came to witness my commitment to this Least Society.

After the vows my parents threw a wonderful little party for me complete with video montage. Sunday I packed up my room, and Monday Cyril and I headed for Chicago. This week has been a series of orientations to this new community, university, and city. It has been a transition to be sure but a painless one. Before entering the Society I spent six weeks living here at Loyola with the Jesuit community discerning so I already know the lay of the land.

Classes start on Monday, here's hoping for a good semester.

Today is also entrance day at the novitiate. Seven men entered Loyola House, please keep them in your prayers.

17 August 2008

Vows

Almighty and eternal God, I, Matthew Ian Edmund Dunch, understand how unworthy I am in your divine sight. Yet I am strengthened by your infinite compassion and mercy, and I am moved by the desire to serve you. I vow to your divine Majesty, before the most holy Virgin Mary and the entire heavenly court, perpetual chastity, poverty, and obedience in the Society of Jesus. I promise that I will enter this same Society to spend my life in it forever. I understand all these things according to the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. Therefore, by your boundless goodness and mercy, and through the blood of Jesus Christ, I humbly ask that you judge this total commitment of myself acceptable. And as you have freely given me the desire to make this offering, so also may you give me the abundant grace to fulfill it.

At Detroit, Michigan, chapel of the North American Martyrs, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, on the 16th of August in the year 2008.