My name is Nichole Finzer and I am pleased to be teaching Latin at Borromeo Academy this year! I graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Classical Languages and History. Despite loving Latin, Medieval history has always been my first love. Latin and Greek allowed me to explore the era I most loved in depth, to read primary sources in the original language, and to work towards graduate school. Towards the end of my time at Sewanee, I encountered Christ in a real way for the first time. Casting aside dreams of secular academic pursuits, I turned towards the interior life and personal experience of living a liturgical tradition founded in the ancient Christian ways. My liberal arts education led me to the true, the good, and the beautiful - Christ.
I am very pleased to have joined the faculty at Borromeo Academy- striving to entice students towards the exploration of the good, the true, and the beautiful through our lessons and classrooms. The liberal arts encourage scholars to explore the truth and invigorate their quest for excellence, a quest which can lead right to the open door of the Church.
The Teacher's Salvation
By: Nichole Finzer
I have 300 people,
where most have only a few.
People to rub against,
who sand off my rough edges,
refining and purifying for the sake of my salvation.
As they sand down the ragged edges of me,
I sand down the ragged edges of them,
and slowly, as water flowing a course over rocks rounds those rocks,
we become rounded, peaceful, and saved by each other.
I have 300 faces,
each is a blessing, sent by God for my salvation.
Sobornost we have- working our salvation out in our own community.
I have 300 guardian angels present,
one comes with each student.
My own is with me praying I don't tie a millstone to my neck.
My 300 push me, to sanctify and purify myself.
They adorn my soul-
pushing aside anger, frustration, and haste,
clothing me in joy, hope, and patience.
Explaining away at declensions and conjugations we form each other,
some days we purify ourselves, growing towards Christ.
A few days we besmirch ourselves, staining the garments of our souls.
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on us sinners.
Love me so I love them.
Allow me to embrace your divine grace,
that fire that incites me to cleanse my soul,
to shine forth free from the burdens of myself,
to teach. You gave this to me-
grading as my monastic obedience,
parents for my practice of charity,
lesson planning my diligent vow to place others above myself,
assigned duties my silent, interior prayer.
I have 300 students,
they are the teacher's purifying fire,
the greatest blessing from the Lord.
The teacher's salvation.
Students meant for us,
not we for them.
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