Well, earlier today Mrs. Robbo and teh Eldest Gel, along with Mrs. Former Llama Military Correspondent and teh Middle Gel’s godmother, joined some 600-odd other alumnae to descend on Sweet Briar College and welcome the undergrads returning from spring break. You can go here to see some vid of the event, and here to see some pics. I would have posted some pics here myself, but apparently, “Now be sure to send them to my email account because I can’t copy them on to the blog otherwise” is some kind of weirdo moon-man language to my bride and offspring. (Perhaps I will be able to update.)
Anyhoo, Mrs. R and teh Eldest report that the event went off very well. The undergrads seemed truly moved by the show of support and I think the message to the
Nazgul board and president that the Vixens mean business was duly reenforced.
In the meantime, it was reported today that the Saving Sweet Briar pledges have now topped $3 million. This evening, Mrs. R told me that something even bigger is afoot, but she couldn’t give details about it. (Fact is, I couldn’t have reported them anyway. Mrs. R will never believe me that I simply can’t understand her when she’s using speakerphone in her car.) Stand by for more news on this front this week.
Also, I heard this morning regarding the elderly retired dining hall employee I mentioned below who is being thrown out of her on-campus cottage, that a number of alumnae have volunteered to step up and ensure that, if she can’t in the end stay there, they will take care of her and ensure that she’s not left out on the street.
Perhaps not altogether by coincidence, Father McA’s homily at Mass today centered on the felix culpa, the “happy fault”. Wiki has a pretty good explanation of this:
The Latin expression felix culpa derives from the writings of St. Augustine regarding the Fall of Man, the source of original sin: “For God judged it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit any evil to exist.” (in Latin: Melius enim iudicavit de malis benefacere, quam mala nulla esse permittere.) The phrase appears in lyric form sung annually in the Exsultet of the Easter Vigil: “O felix culpa quae talem et tantum meruit habere redemptorem,” “O happy fault that merited such and so great a Redeemer.” The medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas cited this line when he explained how the principle that “God allows evils to happen in order to bring a greater good therefrom” underlies the causal relation between original sin and the Divine Redeemer’s Incarnation, thus concluding that a higher state is not inhibited by sin. The Catholic saint Ambrose also speaks of the fortunate ruin of Adam in the Garden of Eden in that his sin brought more good to humanity than if he had stayed perfectly innocent.
(Just as an aside, anything that cites Augustine, Aquinas and Ambrose is almost automatically going to get ol’ Robbo’s hearty endorsement.)
That these alumnae are (reportedly) willing to step up and help out the poor dining hall lady is, I believe, an illustration of this principle. So, too, in a different way, has been the threatened closure of the school on teh Eldest Gel. This is one of the first serious blows in her life, and she’s learned from it a thing or two about rolling with the punches. Also, she’s never gotten actively involved in a movement like this before, so the lesson in civic participation is a good one. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, from our conversations about it I’m convinced that she truly understands she’s not just in this thing for her own future, but also for all the other alumnae, undergrads and potential Vixens out there.
Felix culpa, indeed.
HOLLA! HOLLA! HOLLA!
UPDATE: Reportedly, the number of participants was closer to a thousand. Nice teevee piece in the link.