Friday, December 29, 2006

Around Town

So I'm not blogging because I'm enjoying time at home. I had a wonderful Christmas and am looking forward to the New Year. I don't expect to add to this until I'm back in Cali...

Plans for the rest of break are to just see as many people as possible and to watch the Zags get a couple wins and... oh yeah... watch ND win a bowl game.

Out... Be back in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Vacation

I think it goes without saying, but vacation is fun. I've enjoyed every minute of it so far, at least every minute since my plane finally landed the other day. I've seen a bunch of people and am now at my grandparent's for Christmas.

So not much else. I just want to say Merry Christmas to everyone out there. Have fun and stay safe and enjoy every minute you have with family/friends.

Here is Christmas Song... Dave's Sacramental Theology isn't great, but his guitar is. Its better than nothing anyway.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Scramblin...

To get out of here. I've got a flight at about 6, so if you could say a quick prayer for me I'd really love it... as I've said before, I really don't like to fly. So uncomfortable.

The worst part about flying at 6 is that Gonzaga and Duke play at 6. I'll miss the whole thing, but I should be back in Bham by 10:30... and eighties night will be in full swing. I'll get to kick it with my bro there, and then hopefully some other friends will wind up there as well.

Hey Duke..... Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeve Perry! Steeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeve Perry.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Done and done! (almost)

The semester is actually over. And I'm tired. I just ripped my fundamental theology final apart. It was fun, especially since I was pretty nervous for this one. It wound up being my Spiritual Theology exam that I underachieved. But whatever... its all ver and I can relax (as soon as I'm done with my self assessment for Homiletics).

That bishop I mentioned was for Monterey, and it turned out to be Bishop Richard Joseph Garcia, auxilliary of Sacramento. We were all wrong here. Nobody won the pool. Although the pool only consisted of three people and no money was exchanged. We thought it would be Jaime Soto (which was why I linked to whispers), but also possibly one of the LA auxilliaries.

Their outgoing bishop, Bishop Ryan, was a good man and I wish him the best. I met him once or twice and enjoyed the man. He certainly deserves some rest, he's been at it for a while.

I've got one post I want to do for sure before I leave for home, which will definately put my Catholic Nerdiness on display once again.

Youtube tends to remove videos after I post them. Well they've done it twice anyway. I'll think about replacing them... so enjoy 40. (For the fourtieth psalm... when will somebody write a song this good to psalm 116? I'm still waiting.)
How Looooooooong to sing this sooooooooong.... How Loooooooooooong to sing this sooooooooooong...

Seriously... that was awesome. I hope you watched enough to see that beautiful shot of the Rosary Bono put on the mic stand.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Insider Information

There will be an announcement tomorrow concerning an episcopal appointment. Can't tell you where though... haha. But I like being on the inside of things.

Whispers has something interesting as well. Hmmm.

Finals Week

Finals week is well underway. I had liturgy this morning. It went well. Very well. Next up is spiritual theology, which should go alright. The only one I'm really worried about is Fundamental Theology, which is tomorrow.

Oh, and that exegesis turned out fine. It set me back a bit... since I lost the footnotes I had to go through all my sources and look for the information again. Not fun.

So thats how things are going... Can't wait to get home this week.

Two Step:

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Scholastic Disaster

I had my exegesis almost ready to turn in so I decided to take a break. I saved it, turned off my computer, and left. I didn't feel like going to bed yet, so I turned on my computer to finish it up.

It isn't there. I have no idea where it is. It looks like I may be starting over.

So if you could throw up a prayer that I don't get too stressed with this, and if you've got time throw me some words of encouragement.

btw... I hope Mike Holmgren takes blame for that debacle thursday. Luckily I didn't have to watch it, but I got a rundown and it sounded like he wasn't exactly coaching that well.

Also Bill Bavasi, the General manager of the Mariners, isn't making this week any better. The guy traded two of our best prospects (if you can call players who got significant playing time with the M's last year prospects) AND 12 million dollars for a washed up second baseman to DH for us. Simply some TERRIBLE decision making. The M's blogs are going nuts. Lookout Landing has some funny stuff to say.

I need something that is going to make me feel good, so I'll repost this gem:

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dah...

Well that was quick on the no blogging for a while announcement. My class just got some sad news. One of us will not be joining our class next semester. I can't say I'm surprised, but it's still pretty sad. I understand that the seminary is a place of discernment and that guys come and go, but it definately shakes stuff up when guys make these decisions. And it really throws our own discernment forward a bit... everyone begins re-questioning whether or not they have the call.

And I found out whats up with that whole Cherry Tree Carol I talked about two posts ago. Its kind of interesting. It comes from one of the Gnostic Gospels, Pseudo Matthew. In this Gospel, Joseph, an old man took five virgins into his house. Chapter 20 reads:

And it came to pass on the third day of their journey, while they were walking, that the blessed Mary was fatigued by the excessive heat of the sun in the desert; and seeing a palm tree, she said to Joseph: Let me rest a little under the shade of this tree. Joseph therefore made haste, and led her to the palm, and made her come down from her beast.

And as the blessed Mary was sitting there, she looked up to the foliage of the palm, and saw it full of fruit, and said to Joseph: I wish it were possible to get some of the fruit of this palm. And Joseph said to her: I wonder that thou sayest this, when thou seest how high the palm tree is; and that thou thinkest of eating of its fruit. I am thinking more of the want of water, because the skins are now empty, and we have none wherewith to refresh ourselves and our cattle. Then the child Jesus, with a joyful countenance, reposing in the bosom of His mother, said to the palm: O tree, bend thy branches, and refresh my mother with thy fruit. And immediately at these words the palm bent its top down to the very feet of the blessed Mary; and they gathered from it fruit, with which they were all refreshed. And after they had gathered all its fruit, it remained bent down, waiting the order to rise from Him who bad commanded it to stoop.
Read more here:
http://www.gnosis.org/library/psudomat.htm
Anyhoo, I'll really be leaving now.

I was going to show this video of Peter Paul and Mary singing the Cherry Tree whatever it is. But since they used a Pseudo Gospel I'll leave some Pseudo Folk musicians instead.

Almost...

The semester is almost over. I just have finals and a couple more classes which are pretty much review for finals. I'm going to work hard in between classes to get my last paper done, the exegesis on 1 Samuel 5, in order to (hopefully) watch at least half of the Seahawks' game. Then it will back to studying. Please pray for me and my classmates as finals begin next week.

My minute long reflection went well. I have a meeting with my prof today to watch the video... we record every single talk we give to see what we look like. Its pretty crazy. I have an unfortunate tendency to move from side to side a lot when I read. Something to work on I guess.

Since I will be even busier than usual and also will not have anything exciting to write about I probably won't update this for a few days. Again, please keep all seminarians in prayer over the next few days.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Homily

My final project for homiletics was a scripture proclamation and a one minute reflection. This was hard. Harder than I thought anyway. First off, you can't say much of anything in a minute. Second off, you can't say much of anything in a minute. Oh well. I'll have four more years to practice. And then a whole lifetime after that to keep practicing.

And I'm still really digging that music site I linked in the previous post. But that doesn't mean I'm 100 percent satisfied. In passing yesterday I heard some strange lyrics. I looked on the player and saw The Cherry Tree Carol. Go ahead and read the lyrics. Its not my taste. The website claims that this is out of the Catholic Tradition. Wikipedia confirms it. It also says it used to be sung at the feast of Corpus Christi. I don't know what to say. If anyone stumbles across this who knows anything about this song let me know whats up.

I also heard a song that caught my attention because of the performer.The Suspicious Cheese Lords. Don't let the name throw you. They are actually quite serious and quite good (at least according to the song I heard).

The Suspicious Cheese Lords is a male a cappella ensemble that performs concerts and provides church service music for the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Although specializing in music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, their repertoire ranges from Gregorian chant to original compositions.


Sounds more punk rockish than Gregorian Chant to me. For some reason this song popped into my head. Its not punk rockish or anything. But its good.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Good Music

I was reading the Ignatius Press blog today, which is something I don't do unless I have a lot of time... too much good stuff to read... and I found a website worth posting about.

Choraltreasure.org is a site where you can stream some of the best liturgical/religious music ever written. I'm listening to it right now. Please check them out.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Is it Christmas Yet?

I've been busy studying. The good news is I'm almost done with the assignments which means I can focus on prepping for finals. The bad news is I'm pretty exhausted. We're all pretty exhausted here, actually. But despite this, morale is pretty high.

I did set aside some time to watch the Gonzaga vs. Uw game. Of course it happened to be the single rainiest day I have experienced in LA which means the DirecTV feed kept going in and out. I got to watch the start, and then the end, but for about an hour in the middle there wasn't really anything to watch. For those of you who don't know, Gonzaga won, and man did they look good.

I couldn't set aside as much time today for the Seahawks. But that is ok because they weren't on anyway. And thats ok because they were terrible. They fumbled 5 or 6 times and basically gave an inferior team chance after chance to win this game. Had we won we would have clinched our division and set ourselves up for some serious home field advantage, but it didn't happen.

One last thing, (for you WWU folks), newlyweds Mike and Kristine are blogging. Drop by and say hello.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to hustle over to the chapel for my usual duties as sacristan and my extra job this week as Thurifer... thats the guy who walks with the incense. Its my favorite job.

This video makes me cringe a lot. But I'm leaving it because something very similar happened here a few weeks ago. I won't say any more, but it was really freaky at first, then it was really really funny.

Monday, December 04, 2006

From the Progress...

My Diocesan Newspaper:

Technically I'm not bound to this since I'm not living in the diocese right now... but I've got a good feeling about this one: Advent Observance.

And Check out what my Bishop is up to: Who is that guy with the white hair?

I've already posted the same song by the same artist, but it's good enough to post again and I think it's appropriate for this pretty serious post.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

What Was That?

That Seahawks game was one of those wins that makes you feel dirty. We played terrible for 3+ quarters, then injured some people, picked on a poor rookie QB, and walked away with a W. Like I said, I feel a bit dirty right now.

The first 3 quarters were boring. My Diocesan buddy and I went early to go pick up our bishop at the airport and drove around Burbank looking for a place to watch the game. It took a little too long. The place we finally found was kind of wierd too. It was kind of a nice restaurant, but not really all that nice. I know that doesn't make any sense, but this place was just a little off. They also had really slow Christmas Music playing, which put us to sleep. Finally in the fourth quarter, the game got a little exciting and one of the guys at the restaurant put on some faster music. It turned out all right (for us) in the end.

I don't have anything to say other than that, but I do have some things that I thought were cool.

- That was hilarious when Denver's punter forgot his helmet, and he had to sprint back to the sideline and then back to the field to get it. That could get a guy cut right there.

- The worst play call ever was that fake Field Goal at the end of the first half by Denver. It did absolutely nothing, except almost injure the Kicker. They almost didn't even convert it. It was really just hilarious.

- I like Matt Hasselbeck even when he is off. I love the fact that he goes and tries to block for Alexander. Granted, sometimes he blocks the wrong guy, but whatever. Its cool.

- Did anyone else notice our Kicker drill that guy during that fumble? That was awesome! Had we lost I still would be proud of our guy for hitting someone like that. It was also good seeing our punter scroungin around with guys for a fumble. Our special teams are just about the only thing I'm proud of this game, and JB missed 2 field goals.

On the negative, I hated to see Al Wilson go down. It is never good to see that happen, and you could tell that both teams were shaken up a bit after this play. That just isn't a way you want to win a game.

So anyway, my Bishop is here for his meetings and tomorrow is a huge day here. I'm going to bed.

But before that, a quick prayer request. There is a wildfire burning about 5 miles from me. In the last fire a few firefighters died. So if you could pray for their souls, for their families, and for all the firefighters fighting this blaze, I'd really appreciate it.

And a second request... Please pray in thanksgiving for our new transitional deacons that were ordained this week. They are good men and they will no doubt serve our diocese well as priests.

Bedtime.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Sweet!

This was a solid day.

Gonzaga looked really really good against Texas. Don't let the fact that it was a 10 point game fool you. It was more like a 30 point game. Thats really all I can say about that.

I'm pretty pumped right now though because of the USC vs. UCLA game that just happened. I've ripped on the sports scene down here a lot in the past. I've said everyone is a fairweather fan down here, and that they tend to hop on the bandwagon a lot, which is true... but not really when it comes to UCLA fans (and Dodger fans, but they aren't in season). Most of them are quite dedicated, unlike the recent USC fans that have popped up over the last few years. Plus, UCLA is in one of the only places in LA that I actually enjoy being in, Westwood.

USC I just can't stand. I can't stand the fight song. I can't stand their coach. I want Matt Leinart to do terrible in the NFL. Yes, this is almost completely because I'm an ND fan.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I had my hopes invested in UCLA and I'm very happy now that they won. I might even buy a UCLA shirt or something after this one.

All this and I even got a bit of work done, and I hope to post a little bit about some of the stuff I've learned about my home diocese. We'll see.

Tomorrow my Vocation director/ auxiliary bishop is arriving for a couple of days. He is getting in during the Seahawks game, so I don't think I'll get to watch a lot of it. I think the Hawks have a good chance, although I really know nothing about them this year. I just haven't been able to watch them play enough to feel really confident. With our second team (Seneca Wallace and Maurice Morris) I wouldn't be too optimistic going up against Denver, but I think the first team has a shot. Plus, there are a lot of questions about Denver right now, and whether or not their rookie QB is ready. Should be a good game.

I've been waiting to post this for a while. I dedicate it to Scott at La Rev.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Nativity Story

First, the trailer:
I was planning on finishing up a couple assignments and getting to bed early on Friday night (kind of crazy how my Friday Nights have changed over the last couple of years) but a small group of seminarians decided to head over and watch this movie to kick off Advent. I almost didn't go, but I'm really glad I did. I enjoyed it a lot and I think every Christian should see it. It was a bit corny at times, but that didn't really matter that much to me.

I don't really want to take the time to write a review so I'll just share some random comments. I'm not going to worry about spoiling anything since I'm sure you all know the story.

- St. Joseph is awesome. I chose the name Joseph at Confirmation for a couple of reasons. 1)The sacrifices he made to help Bring Jesus (the Eucharist) into the world and 2) His love for Our Lady. This movie did a great job of showing that. I was moved and I remembered why I love St. Joseph. I've always personally kind of considered him a typological foreshadowing of Priests for the above reasons. His best line (which I texted into my phone so I wouldn't forget) was to Anne and Joachim, "I will protect your daughter and her Child with all that I am."

- It was beautiful to see Mary fall in love with Joseph throughout the movie. She didn't want to marry him at first, but as the movie went on you could see that she really did love him. Beautiful.

- One of the three wise men was named Balthasar. I didn't realize it, but according to the always reliable Wikipedia, that is a traditional name for one of them. Still, I couldn't help but think of another wise man named Balthasar...

- There were a couple of Crucifixion imagages that I felt enriched the movie. One of them in particular was when Mary was coming back from Elizabeth's and she kind of gave a look that said she understood what her son was in for.

- Speaking of Elizabeth, The Visitation was one of three Joyful Mysteries in the film. The other two were The Anunciation and (of course) The Nativity. I thought for sure we would see at least one more, Finding Jesus in the Temple, because of a conversation of Mary and Joseph speculating on how they would know when Jesus became a man. But we didn't.

- The very last words of the movie were Beautiful, and all of us were sort of mouthing the words right along with Mary. We say these words every evening of every day at the Seminary. It is a staple of evening prayer... My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my Spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on his lowely servant.... the Magnificat.

- The Music wasn't bad, but some of it was a little off in my opinion. I loved the O Come O Come Emmanuel at the Beginning (it was actually Veni Veni Emanuel.. nice work director), but sort of just chuckled when Carol of the Bells started playing. That sort of stuff wasn't for me, but I could see some people liking it.

So there ya go. Because it is a familiar story for most of us I don't think that a couple of poorly delivered lines and a little bit of hokiness will hurt it. A non-Christian might disagree, but I don't care. Like the Passion of the Christ, this movie is more of a meditation for us Christians rather than entertainment. So go get your Advent started out right and see The Nativity Story.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Two Quick Things

... both of the Catholic World.

The guy that indirectly changed my life (The Catholics here will know who he is) and his wife just had a baby, and my friend Melanie is the Godmother! Congrats Guy That Indirectly Changed my life and Guy That Indirectly Changed My Life's Wife! And thanks for livin your message! I met him once when he came to my college to speak, and once when I called him up on Catholic Answers, and my head exploded with all the Good News he had to share.

Something else good, thanks to Marie for letting me know, is that my Archbishop has a radio show on Seattle's local Catholic Station, KBLE. Unfortunately I won't be able to tune in, because I have Greek, but you can listen to it live through the site, and even call in. I would totally call in if I was able, but I can promise my teacher wouldn't approve.

The video for today is Shawn McDonald. I don't really tend to like a whole lot of "Christian Rock." I just don't really think that exchanging musical talent for bad lyrics is an even trade. There is some really good stuff out there, though, and this guy has some of it. I haven't heard much of his newer CD, but his first CD was great. He's more of the Acoustic type rather than the Rock type. This song is called "I am nothing." Its good.

2 am

I can't sleep. It's 2 am and I've been in bed for about 3 hours. Its really windy outside, but I've slept through wind before, so I'd be surprised if that was the reason. So... what to do?

Ummmm....

Well this has to be good for Gonzaga! UNC beats #1 OSU! Now if only Butler could run the table.

I never said anything about the Seahawks, but I was happy to actually be able to watch a game not on Gamecast. They looked much better with their first offense, even with Hasselbeck's interceptions. Should be a good game this weekend against Denver, and I hope the D is ready to put the first hits on a fresh rookie QB.

Oh yeah... Prayer request! Pray for our two new transitional deacons who will be ordained this weekend. I unfortuneately won't be there to witness, but these guys could use our prayers as they prepare for the big day. Praise God.

Perusing my diocese's website, I see the Crozier Society (great people) are offering a Pilgrimage with the Archbishop. I know some people who went on the last pilgrimage and they had a blast. Too bad I'll already be in class by then.

hmmmm. Well, this isn't working. I may as well try and get some homework done. Sorry you had to read this.

Robot guy:

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Stretch Begins

I'm definately heading towards the end of the semester. Things are a little quieter around here, although the "cold" weather might have something to do with that. I'm looking at four written finals and a couple more papers/projects:

-In Fundamental Theology I have A Final and I think probably another paper, although that is really gonna tick some of my classmates off.

-In Greek we are flashing forward to John 6... which is awesome.

-In Spiritual Theology I just have a Final.

-In Genesis Through Kings I have an exegesis (a short one) on 1 Samuel 5. Its a pretty interesting little chapter, where the Philistines take the Ark to the temple of their God Dagon. I also have to read a book and write a critique on it. Then I think I have to do a presentation on something... I think my exegesis.

-Homiletics is almost over... and I really enjoy this class for now. All I have to do is a thirty second commentary to contextualize my reading, then I have to proclaim the text. Both of these are from the Ambo. Then I have to give a short (one minute) reflection on the text without a microphone. Not hard at all.

-Liturgy is great. I have two finals, one for the music part and one for the liturgy part. I also have to do a little project with the ordo... which is kind of fun (more on this later). I also have to observe a parish again, then write the paper on the observation, and then do a little 10 minute presentation... not too hard, not terribly easy either. I just like Liturgy is all. Its probably my favorite class. Why? Its practical. Why? Because there is some... interesting stuff out there... Why? I don't know, but here is a clip.

... or rather, not a clip. I took it down. If you want to see it email me and I might send it to you.

But because I'm in the habit of posting videos, I'll post this:

Latest Bellingham Outrageousness

Its been quite a fall/winter so far in the home town.

It started snowing last Friday night when I was home, and set everyone back quite a bit. The Herald has goods. As does The Western Front.

Reminds me of the time it snowed Freshman year and a bunch of people (not me) stole trays from the dining hall and slid down Oak Street, right next to Nash Hall. Pretty good stuff, and I kind of wish I was there now.

It also reminds me of watching people fall down in front of the Art Annex (as my favorite front reporter Mike Baab talked about... you can still find his stuff at the Front's website.) Kind of wish I was there too, so I could help them up.

The Viking View Web Cam is looking good as well.

So, all you Washington Folk, drive safe, stay warm, and let me know how you are all doing.

Oh, and any Western Catholics out there... check this out!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Another Post I Promised...

Last week I reported that the Cardinal would be here to give a speech on the Church and Immigration Reform, which has thrown him even deeper into the realm of controversy. I promised I would take notes and write them here. Well, I failed miserably. I've been sick all day, and can't really focus much... I think its the Tylenol Flu. I went to the talk, and enjoyed it. I attempted to take notes, but I really have no idea what I wrote down. So I apologize, but it isn't going to happen.

Here is a(completely unrelated) video (from the eighties)...

Monday, November 27, 2006

That Indult Post I've Been Promising

As always, I'm hesitant to post on stuff like this. A reminder: I'm not a teacher of theology, or in this case, liturgy. So don't take anything I say too seriously. I'm merely bringing something up that to my knowledge hasn't been discussed by Catholic Bloggers.

As many of you know, Pope Benedict (who needs our prayers) has been kicking around the idea of granting a Universal Indult for the Tridentine Mass. This is NOT about Latin Mass, as many bloggers (including Cardinal Sean of Boston) correctly point out. The Novus Ordo can currently be said in Latin by any priest ordained in the Latin (Roman) Rite. What this is about is using the Tridentine Rite for Mass. This Mass began at the council of Trent and ended when the Novus Ordo (New Order) was published shortly after Vatican II. It can still be said by those who have permission from their Bishop, but an Indult would give any priest permission for this.

But you already knew that.

In the enthusiasm of Catholic Bloggers towards this issue, though, there seems to be one key element that isn't talked about. That is the Lectionary. The Lectionary that we use today is one of my favorite things in the Catholic Church. It is the book that contains the scriptures we hear proclaimed at Mass. It is on a three year cycle, where the Church hears huge chunks out of all of the Gospels, Acts, and the various letters, and the Old Testament. And thats only the Sunday Lectionary. The weekly lectionary is on a two year cycle, where we hear more of the same. I don't know exactly how much of the Bible we read as Catholics just by showing up to Church, but it is a large fraction. Most of my evangelical friends are surprised to hear that us Catholics get to hear so much of the Bible when we gather every week, or for some of us, every day. I'm very proud of this.

But if the Indult was granted, as I understand it, the Church would have to use (for Tridentine Masses), the Tridentine Lectionary. This lectionary is only a one year cycle, and does not cover the scope of scripture that the new lectionary does. In situations where a Bishop has granted permission for the Tridentine Rite, Rome has not allowed the New Lectionary to be used, but has demanded that the Tridentine Lecionary be used.

Perhaps I am mistaken by some of this, and if I am, please correct me in the comments. But still, seeing stuff like this would be kind of cool:

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Dwayne Jarrett must be tired,

Because he's been running through my nighmares all night long. And catching TDs. And punching me in the face.

Hope you're ready to turn things around Jimmy:

Oh yeah.. other than this, home was fun.

Oh, and please take a moment to pray for the Pope as he travels to Turkey. I'm nervous for the guy. American Papist (See link on right side of page) has some good coverage of the visit, and the pre-protesting thats going on in the area.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

NEW DEACONS!!!!!

I know that the ol’ blog has been lacking Catholic themes lately. So, sorry to those of you who are looking for more of that and haven’t been getting it. But that is going to change over the next few posts. I have some thoughts on the Universal Indult that has been rumored for the last few months, which I have been hesitant to post, but am going to post anyway. Also, the Catholic Blogosphere’s most talked about Cardinal, Cardinal Mahoney, will be coming to our campus after thanksgiving to talk about Immigration. It is open to the public, and I won’t be posting my own thoughts here, but I will take some notes and post them so you all can see.

But first, the community here is shifting out of studies and into celebration mode. The reason is that on Saturday Morning our 4th year theologians were ordained to the transitional deaconate. As the seminary sacristan, I was kept busy, and unfortuneately didn't get to pay as close attention to the actual rite as I would have liked. For example, I had to go re-lite Charcoal and Candles during the prostration. But I did get a few pictures...

Note: these are not to be retransmitted anywhere without my permission.


Here is one of our guys from Congo leading the way with the Thurible.



Here is Tuan, and Ed smiling at the camera. Ed is actually done with the program here and is working in Burbank at St. Finbar Church. He's a great guy, and I've missed him this year. Even though he is a USC fan.
Here are a couple newly ordained priests. Fr. Brendon is from Orange and Fr. Ken is from Monterrey.Here is Bishop Weitzel, the ordaining bishop from the dicoese of Samoa Pago-Pago.

And here is one of the whole group. From Left to right we have, Marco, Ed, Chris, Benedict, Rafael, Tuan, Emilio, and Vaiula.

As more pictures become available to me, I will add them to my Flickr page. Overall, though, the ordination went very very well and I can't wait for the new guys to begin leading prayer and assisting at Mass. One of my favorite parts is watching the liturgical mess ups that occur... but nothing terrible, just a few forgotten lines and stuff.

I do want to post a picture of the Chalice that we used for the Mass. I know it isn't the best picture, which is fine because 1) I'm not a photographer and 2) the camera I used doesn't do well with close ups. But it is better than nothing.
This Chalice was a gift to Archbishop Cantwell of LA, from Pope Pius XII. I wish you could see the engraving on the side, but unfortuneately this is the best picture I have. We usually use this during minisries and ordinations, or other special occasions. It is the gem of our collection (which I cm pretty much in charge of being the sacristan. Booyakasha.).

Alright, enough of this. Time to switch back from celebration mode to Study mode. Enjoy this video, and if anyone at USCCB or Grassroots wants me to take it down, I will. (it isn't a full version, and you'll notice some choppier than usual editing but it is good.) I'll just go ahead and dedicate to all the newly ordained priests and deacons...

Any Takers? I'm all in!

Friday, November 17, 2006

Scary? Maybe. Good? No...

A word on YouTube real quick… Has anyone noticed the “8 Films to Die For” add that has been running… forever? I wouldn’t waste my money on this even if I did like horror movies. “Too Shocking For the General Public?” Yeah, probably, but no horror movie is for the General public. Remember Freshman year on at the Viking Commons when they had a Halloween Themed Dinner and projected Nightmare On Elm Street on the wall? And that one girl Puked? And that other girl started to faint? And they had to turn it off? Of Course these movies are probably too scary for the general public… But if they were Good, I guarantee you they would have been put in theaters, which is away from the General Public.

When I was young, yet still part of the general public, I couldn’t even watch “The Never Ending Story” without being afraid of that sneezing turtle, the statues that shoot laser beems out of their eyeballs, seeing a horse sink into mud, and (the scariest of all) that flying Dog guy… And he was the good character. None of these are even the thing that was supposed to scare us.... That Nothing Thing. I also couldn’t tell if the main character was a boy or a girl.

This is the best I could do… But its pretty much awesome.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Finally, I agree with Bavasi

Well, at least the first half of this article that addresses the GM's hopes for improving the Mariner's starting rotation.

There is one good thing about having a terrible baseball team. It really makes you appreciate moments like these:
Excuse me while I go and dry my tears.

Update Using my handy Google Blog search engine, I have found a couple of great Blogs of the Mariners. Mariner's Revolution (Another of my teams revolutionizing?) is primarily about the farm system, which stems from the author's (good) philosophy of developing talent rather than spending money on expensive free agents. Perusing his archives, it seems we agree that Bavasi and Hargrove are major obstacles in the way of the M's coming back to MLB power status. Although I agree with the philosophy I want Jason Schmidt to come over via Free Agency.

Mariner World is another Blog that looks to be well written, and I like his post about not going after J.D Drew. A few too many Sonics posts, but they will be leaving Town anyways, so that problem should clear itself up.

Update But I'd take Bavasi over the Blue Jay's GM, because he just spent 18 Million on 2 years worth of Frank Thomas, now 38 years old. I know he is coming off a great year witht the A's, but if there is anything I learned watching the Mariners plummet in '03, it is that players get old FAST. The same lineup that won 209 games over a 2 year period played well below .500 the year after.... because everyone was old.

My prediction: The Blue Jays GM is fired this year and the Big Hurt never pans out in the Great White North... "I'll take you to the Looney Bin, eh." "I want to go to the Brewery." "Take off, Hoser."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bishops, Bloggers, and Bouldin

Yesterday I got a chance to watch a little bit of the USCCB meeting in Baltimore. They discussed some important issues, which many bloggers out there, Catholic and Non, are discussing today and a couple documents were published. As is the usual custom around here, I'm not going to comment on them, but I will say that they are worth a read.

But when I watched, I did notice that my Archbishop, Alexander, Brunett and his two auxiliaries, Joseph Tyson and Eusebia Elizondo (who doubles as my vocation directory) were seated right in front of everyone at a red table. The other tables were blue. I'm not sure why this was, but they looked like they were part of the action. None of the usual Catholic Bloggers mentioned it, so I'm just going to guess it wasn't important.

In other news, TIME ran this great article on Nuns who blog. This has already been circling the Catholic blogosphere today, and I usually don't post News Links, but this is simply a fabulous article. Read it.

Still in other news, I'm off to a seculded location to finish this paper on Aquinas so I can watch the Zags tonight. Last night was really the first time I have been able to watch closely, and it looked good. We'll see what happens when our competition improves, but watching a blowout like that is pretty fun.

And I learned something valuable while watching the game. Ugandans like Gonzaga. I've successfully recruited about 4 or 5 new Zag fans here. I lured one of the Ugandans to watch the game because the University is named after his patron Saint, but the other guys came too, and pretty much loved it. They are already talking about the game tonight. One of our Nigerian brothers I got by talking about Nigerian Zag Abdulahi Kuso.

Whatever works! Go Zags.

And since this never gets old:

Monday, November 13, 2006

Wha' Happened?

First though, a quick shout out to American Papist, who gave me a little shout out on his blog, and has gotten me well over my usual amount of hits. Way over in fact. I had over 100 the other day (I usually get around 20). I don't remember asking specifically for a shout out, but I did e-mail him. More on that later...

Wha' Happened?

So I study my rear end off all day so I could watch the Zags play on ESPN's Big Monday, only there wasn't a Big Monday. Turns out I got the day completely wrong. Now I'm even more excited for the game tomorrow night versus Rice. I sure hope the Zag's perimeter defense has improved, or else it might not turn out the way I hope.

I did catch the end of the Husky game though, and I watched a bit last night before I began studying Greek for 2 hours. It looks like they will be excellent. They will depend on too many freshman to make it deep into March (prove me wrong guys), but they definately have the talent to compete up there in the next 2 years. We knew Spencer Hawes would have good defense and he would score a bunch, but he is actually an excellent passer. Brockman will get a ton of points off assists from this guy. Quincy Pondexter is the real deal. The game at GU will be one to remember (although hopefully I'll remember it as a GU win).

The Seahawks... Wow. I had to watch it on Gamecast again, but it was still crazy exciting. They got their 2 of 3 with Hasselbeck down, which I was hoping for, but I'm a little worried about this upcoming game against the Niners. They are a surprising 4 and 5. And we will no doubt be rusty if Hasselbeck and Alexander return.

School has been productive over the last week though. I got one of my major assignments down, and two more are well underway. Thanksgiving break should be nice and relaxing.

Oh, and all my mid-terms went really well. I still have room for improvement, but it did really take some of the edge off of this whole thing. That paper on Faith and Reason totally turned out the best. I decided to post a nearly finsihed draft on the internet. I will probably polish this up a bit in the future. You will notice some mistakes, because my grammar is kind of shotty, but all the ideas are there. It is right here on my google Docs page.

Now, enjoy Fred Willard:

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Babel

Welp, I watched half of the Notre Dame Slaughter of the Air Force Academy. The Dudes aren't so tough without their Airplanes and cruise Missiles, are they?

I also made it to the movie theater to watch "Babel," starring Brad Pitt, and a lot of other less famous people. I must say I enjoyed it, and if you are a person who likes to discuss movies when you are done, then this is one you should see. But be warned, it was a bit difficult at times.

I was literally stressed out through much of it. I mean, the opening scene (Don't worry, I won't give anything important away) has a couple of kids playing with a gun out in the middle of the Morrocan desert. Then, some lady decides to take a couple of Gringo kids south of the border to go to a wedding. I saw "Man On Fire." I know that that isn't cool. Finally, we have a young deaf-mute Japanese girl who decides to take drugs and walk around lifting up her skirt to every guy she see's. Honestly, bad stuff was just waiting to happen to every single character in this movie, which can wear on you after two and a half hours.

But there was a lot of good stuff about it, and I must say I really liked all the characters. Part of the reason it was stressful was that you really did feel what each of them were going through. The acting was great. Even the kids in the movie were alright. The stories intertwined very well. It is crazy how one sin can affect the world in such crazy ways. The main theme, a few of us felt, was globalization, and how communication is becoming more and more important between people and nations. The world is so small now, yet we seem miles apart from our own families sometimes. This movie did a great job of demonstrating this.

There was, however, one loose end that never really tied itself up. We were all wondering what happened, but it didn't ever tell us explicitly. You just have to guess what happened.

So, if you are looking for a deep, well made, involving movie then go see it. But if you are in the mood to just relax and enjoy something for what it is, you might want to hold off.

Because it was a little depressing, you might need something to cheer you up. So, watch this video that Jimmy Akin had up last week:

Friday, November 10, 2006

Back to Business

I only got to see the first little bit of the Gonzaga game. Not bad. As always, I refer you to La Revolucion (the link is on the right) for all the news, but I will mention something that stood out. Mat Bouldin, 5for5 including 2of2 from behind the 3 point line. Kuso played was rumored to play well, but I wonder why he only got 5 minutes.

My little respite from seriously hard studying is officially over. Here are some pending assignments I have.
- Liturgy: A Catechesis on the blessing of Sacramentals.

- Fundamental Theology: A little five pager on Thomas Aquinas' take on Faith.

- Old Testament: Another short exegesis: 5 pages or so, and I think I'm doing 1 Samuel chapter 5, where the Ark goes to the Temple of Dagon.

- Old Testament: A book critique.

- Liturgy: A parish observation. We've observed One mass already, now we just have to observe it one last time and write the little paper.

- Homiletics: Just one talk left... then its smooth sailing.

- Greek: I'm seriously the worst in my class, but thats ok because I only have 2 classmates. But it does suck being the worst. Here, though, its just translating the Gospel of John and parsing all the verbs we find.

I'd like to finish most of this up in the next week or so, so I don't have any of it hanging over my head on thanksgiving. I decided to splurge and head home for the break, to see some friends and family... you know. So if you are one of these friends, send me an e-mail so we can kick it.

So this weekend its just study up. And, of course, watch ND beat up on one of our military schools... I honestly forget which one though... and watch the battered Seahawks host the Rams. I think we have a chance, and if we win this could really be a turning point. That movie Babel also looks pretty cool, so hopefully I'll make it to the theater.

Speaking of movies, I can't wait to see the new Christopher Guest movie which comes out very soon. The most famous movie of his is probably "Best in Show," but my favorite is definately "Waiting for Guffman." I can't say it's for everyone , because some people might not get the sense of humor, but I sure get a kick out of it. Here is the trailer for the new one, "For Your Consideration":

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Thursday Night. You know what that means.

This is a picture of the Up and UP tavern and the 3B tavern in Bellingham. The 3B shut down at the end of '05, but its memories live on in the minds of many WWU students, including me.

There is a tradition I have every Thursday evening, in which I find myself very homesick. It is actually the only day of the week that I do really miss home. This is because I'm usually a little less busy than the rest of the week, and therefore have more time to reflect on things, but it is probably even more because a Thursday night in Bellingham is possibly one of the best times anyone can have. The reason is that everyone of age at WWU, whether they drink or not, goes out.

Of the places where people can go, Eighties night was hands down the best. There was a really cool crowd, and you didn't have to put up with anyone like that idiot in the article I linked in the post directly below this one. It was just a fun, happy time.

I know its pathetic to live in the past, but the truth is if I had a time machine I'd go back in time 3 years or so, slip my 3 years or so ago self a few bucks to stay home for a night, so as not to be seen, and then hang out with everyone I came to love in college. Then we'd go cut some rugs underneath that huge DANCING sign at the 3B. With Eddie Money:
Ack. Who am I kidding. I got much more to look forward to in the future. I'm off to Adoration. I miss you guys back home.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Some guys make it look easy.

I'm hesitant to post this. In fact, this post might disappear soon, so if you are interested, read it now.

A few weeks ago, my class and I had a 3 day retreat focusing on celibacy, which is the discipline for priests in the Roman rite. We had a session on sexual morality, and human dignity, and how pornography is an assault on this dignity, especially feminine dignity.

I think back to my days at WWU, when my friend Jamie was quoted in the newspaper saying, "Pornography is not a problem in that it shows too much of a person, but in that it shows too little of a person, and reduces them to a mere object." It wasn't his idea though. It was Pope John Paul.

One stat we learned from the retreat shocked me. One thousand and one hundred (1100) pornographic videos are produced in the San Fernando Valley every week! People are simply willing to pay a lot of money for this stuff.

My friend Amelia posted an article on her blog, which she found at the LA times, about one of the men who makes millions (soon to be billions if his empire grows) on convincing drunk girls to lift up their shirts. I was struck by 1) how easy it is for him to put girls in this situation and 2) how much of an ******* this guy is. It is long, (and disgusting, and just all around pathetic) but it is interesting. I think it gives a good look at the extremely selfish motives of the people behind the industry.

So, if you want, give it a read.

Sad News out of Spokane

Amy Welborn posted this article about the troubled diocese.

Spokane is a church divided. The competing sentiments of spiritual anger and anguish lie at the heart of the bitter bankruptcy proceedings here, which recently entered into final stages of mediation. If mediation fails, Spokane could become the first diocese to be liquated since the sex scandals erupted nationwide in 2002, and the first since a collection of dustbowl parishes collapsed in Salina, Kan., during the Great Depression. Unprecedented legal battles tackling such issues as parish ownership and individual parishioner culpability play out here in a seemingly never-ending procession of court hearings, parish hall gatherings and backroom board meetings. Parishes, friends, even families, have been torn apart as Spokane Catholics confront, with unparalleled urgency, the question of how to compensate for the sins of the Fathers without compromising the future of the children.

The extent of the problem, as well as the deep divisions and questions puzzling the diocese, became apparent in material gleaned from legal depositions as well as dozens of interviews with those involved, including priests, parishioners, church workers, victims and relatives of victims.

Please pray for Bishop Skylstad and the people of this diocese.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Maybe it wasn't interesting

I was right that Matthew Good would be following the elections.

I was wrong that anyone would think it was interesting that Washington State is underwater on election day. I just talked to a friend who said Camano Island might close down, and I've heard that many ballots that were to be mailed out today might not reach their destination. It seems this will have a huge impact on what happens in this state. Yet the national media hasn't seemed to pick up on this. Either that or they just don't care.

So because I was right about Matt Good, I'll give you another video. This is a confusing video but a good song:

Monday, November 06, 2006

I'll take it

The Seahawks won their Monday Night Football game. It wasn't pretty but it puts the hawks in first place in the division. It was sadly just the second game I've seen all year. Because Fox thinks we'd rather watch the Eagles play. Every single week.

In much more serious news... and the reason I'm typing this now is because I'm talking on the phone to my friend Val and just thought of it.... is that Washington State is flooding. You may have seen the rain on MNF, but in the areas where I'm from it has been a bit worse, and has sustained for a while. Here is a breaking news feed that will most likely be down by the time you read this. Anyways, it is interesting how this will affect voter turn out. Very interesting actually. It is mostly Western Washington that is flooded, which is the blue part. But it is only the redder parts of the blue that is flooding. It might not matter too much since Washington is voting by mail now. I wonder if they will extend the voting period past tuesday to make sure everyone's vote counts... hmm...

I know one person who might be following the situation in the US. Canadian musician Matt Good. I might not agree with every bit of the dude's politics, but he sure writes some good tunes. This one is called Weapon:

But first a story about it: My buddy Shaun is a huge Matt Good fan, and one day (I think right at the end of my sophomore year) I went with him, my roommate Quinn and my friend Nicole, up to Vancouver to be in the Matt Good video... for this song! Only it didn't work out. There were a ton of poeple there. We waited for a while. Finally got to go inside. waited some more. waited so long he ordered us all some pizza. Then because of some "disagreement with the director" he told us all to go home. People were really ticked off. He fired the director.* On the commentary of his greatest hits DVD he says that he didn't like the way we looked. Liar. We got a sweet pic with him though.

The video turned out real nice:
Everyone has a God to kill for, huh Matt? Well than I must be lucky to have a God to die for. (cheezy, I know, but true.)

* THe director that got fired from the video actually wound up accepting the award for best rock video at the canadian music awards.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

El Dia de los Muertos

Did I get it right Jess?

Today the Church celebrated All Souls day. A day when we commemorate the dead. So, I'd like to write a little bit about a friend of mine who passed away.
His name is Brian Brett, and we went to Sehome High School together. Myself, and two other guys named Kris and Zach routinely went out to lunch together. I always felt I was so lucky to wind up with the same lunch schedule as these guys. Every day we ran out to Brian's grey jeep and hopped in and (sorry dad) sped down Bill McDonald to Samish.

It is funny to me that our favorite place, Diego's Authentic Mexican Grill, didn't even open for about 10 minutes after we showed up. It didn't matter though. We would just wait outside, and every once in a while get into some trouble (no, I'm not going into details). Once inside, Brian would order first because he drove. Then we would follow. Kathy at Diego's calls me OB (other Bryan) to this day every time I walk in to her restaurant. It shocked me when I heard that Brian turned vegetarian, because I couldn't imagine him eating anything besides the Chicken express burrito.

Zach would always annoy Brian by messing up his pre-set radio stations. Brian never seemed to care. He would just calmly change them back, only to have them messed up again about 2 minutes later.

Brian was an outdoorsmen, and took a year to lead some adventure trips. He then wound up at Gonzaga. When he, and the others, would come back to Bellingham we would all get together at Diego's.

When word came out that Brian died in an avalanche while skiing in Northern Idaho, Kris, Zach and I couldn't imagine not going to Diego's. When we got there, though it wasn't just us. About 10 people who all came back to town for the funeral were already there, and a few more showed up.

The funeral was at Sacred Heart. You have never seen Sacred Heart so packed. People were literally sitting on top of each other. There were a lot of tears. For me the toughest part was watching the Pall Bearers place the casket up by the altar. When they set it down a few of them broke down, and it set of a chain reaction of emotion. Saying goodby was difficult, but being there with everyone else really helped.

I miss the guy a lot. His family set up a website for people to share their memories. Here it is.

I've often thought of my first Mass as a priest, and I know this guy will be present with the rest of us, singing the Sanctus.

May Brian, and all the dead, come to know the fullness of God's love, and may we all find our loved ones again, at the wedding feast of the Lamb. Amen.

Ugh....

Wow. It is incredible what ideas people can come up with...

Holy smokes. Where do you begin with this one. How about that Nobody used a cup to catch Christ's blood as he died on the cross.

From the book's website:

Cotten is propelled into the headlines as she and John deliver the Cup to the Vatican for authentication, and she reports the story of its journey from Calvary to cable TV. But her life quickly becomes caught up in a global plot driven by an ancient sect devoted to bringing about the Second Coming. As those around her fall victim to the Grail Conspiracy, Cotten soon learns her true legacy and must question if she is stopping an abomination or is she working on the side of Evil. In the final conflict she learns why she is the only one who can stop the ultimate revenge against God by the Prince of Darkness.

I don't think this book will be as popular as the Da Vinci Code though. For one, it is too outlandish. For twon, based on the sample chapters, it isn't really that well written. Wait a second... Outlandish.. Not very well written... this IS like the Da Vinci code.

This is just like that planet of the apes... Wait a second. Statue of Liberty! That was our planet! AHHHHH!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Zach... What are you (or your wife) thinking?

Dude. Are you trying to traumatize the kid:
?????

I bet you anything you and Cheri are going to pay 100 bucks to put this, along with his senior picture, in the back of his High school yearbook. Actually I don't bet anything, because then you would know we were betting and you'd bet a lot and win automatically. Did the Godparents have a say in this?

Speaking of the God parents, Jamie and Jesse's baby girl looks like she's doing just fine. Take a look for yourself:
By the way, I'm very disapointed I spelled Catherine wrong. I should have know they meant the St. Catherine way.

Honestly though, these pictures made my day. Thanks for sending them Cheri.

Another Late Night

UPDATE: I realize that the links don't work right now and I will fix them after I'm done washing dishes. Should be by 7:30... Check back... It is worth it.

I've been up late so many nights in a row now studying for mid-terms and writing papers, I can't sleep when I want to. Which is now. So, I thought I'd hop on and find out whats happening in my hometown of Bellingham Washington.

Some interesting stuff:

New Doughnut Shop! If I liked doughnuts, I'd totally go here when I was home. Ok, well I'll still go check it out. You might say to yourself, "This will no doubt hurt lafeens, since I know many people who would gladly drive from Campus all the way to lake whatcom to get a fresh doughnut, and now they just have to go to Holly." Then you notice that this place is only going to be open until 3pm. Which is strange. You would think they might want to expirament with the late night/early morning crowd that usually gets pretty hungry around "Get out of the bar" time. After all, this is when Pita Pit makes a ton of its money, and now there is that dumpling place that seems to do pretty well for having a menu that consists entirely of dumplings. What is a dumpling anyway? Speaking of that dumpling place, its pretty good. I've only been there once, but the dude that runs it is really cool. And he makes some mean dumplings. I recommend the beef.

Let's see, what else is there.

Wierd. Ok, so for those of you who have never heard of Bellingham Washington (Did I mention I'm from Bellingham?), we have a lot of serial killers. I'm not joking. Ted Bundy spent some time there. The Green River killer spent some time there. The DC Snipers spent some time there. (Who spent a little bit of time at the Local Lighthouse mission where I volunteered once or twice... Ok it was once. Had it been seven or eight I could have put the "or" in. I only did it to try to make myself look "more priestly." Now I'm a non-volunteerer, non "priestly" and a liar. Anyways, that article doesn't have anything to do with serial killers. But it is very very strange.

Notice the hilarious thing about this article though. The Pictures. The one on the left is apparently the older more inferior one, while the one on the right is the better more accurate one drawn in 2000. Either the Bellingham Herald pulled a.. well... a "Bellingham Herald" as my buddy calls it and got it wrong, or I'm just gonna go ahead and blame it on the Bamboo Inn. Actually.. Yep. Thats it. The Bamboo Inn. Just hook me up with the reward now.

Guess whose town has a new logo!!!!


Woo-hoo! Wait... Wait.. just... one... second... Is that Mt. Baker? And Mount Shuksan? Shaped like a building? Because that's what I think about when I think of Bellingham. Buildings. (Seriously.. read the article. thats what it is supposed to be.) Just one question. Why does a city need a logo? Well I guess Spokane has that logo of a Bulldog... (Did I just type that out loud?) But seriously, I don't know why Bellingham Needs a Logo to say its good. Just look at it:
Thats the view from my parents street. Not too many buildings actually. And those are the San Juan islands on the horizon, right beyond Bellingham Bay. Pretty solid town actually.

But if you ever visit, look out, or you might get the Dennis Rodman treatment. Yes. This is Dennis Rodman. In Bellingham. Getting it sent back by Brian "Yogi" Dennis formerly of Western Washington University. Enjoy.


UPDATE: Number 22 in the video turns out to be Sehome High School standout Jacob Stevensen. Who scored mention on his second post in row. He's hitting the bigtime now. I was a freshman when theis guy was a junior, and he was freakin good. I remember that game at state Sophomore year when he was like 15 for 15 until he missed a dunk at the end of the game. Then at WWU he took the Vikings all the way to the NCAA div II final four, which was cool. Now, he plays for the world famous Bellingham Slam. But they apparently play a team from Hollywood, so I might go check him out.

Monday, October 30, 2006

GU - UW

As the few of you who follow college basketball know, the University of Washington is thinking about not resuming their series with Gonzaga next year, and throwing an obstruction in the path of one of the great up and coming rivalries on the West Coast, if not the nation.

I want to be clear that I AM a Husky fan. I'm just a bigger Gonzaga fan. There are a few reasons why, but I've been a fan of GU since the early nineties when John Kinloch (That might not be the correct spelling) was my camp counselor at Camp Firwood in Bellingham. His "camp name," was Hoosier, and he is probably the best player ever to come out of my High School, Sehome. (OThers are Mark Spink of Gonzaga and Jacob and Jared Stevenson of WWU). I was only in fourth grade then, and I don't think I even knew that UW had a basketball team. Only when a really close friend of mine from High School walked onto the team in the year 2000 did I begin to follow the Huskies, and have been a pretty big supporter since.

The reason I say all this is because this letter I sent to Todd Turner of the UW athletic department may have seemed misleading, when it really isnt. It is more from my Husky fan side that I am disapointed with the decision. I am also, however, a fan of Washington State Basketball in general, and am proud that we have had such highly talented players come out of our state over the last couple of years, which will not be showcased at this level if the decision is kept. Anyways, a couple days ago, I wrote this:

Mr. Turner,

As a fan of University of Washington Basketball, I beg you to re-think your possible decision of ending the Gonzaga vs Washington game. No other event in the state of Washington showcases our state's basketball talent like this game. I believe it gives both of the schools great national attention, something that we have to work for on the West Coast.

Please reconsider,


Well, I was happy to check my email this morning to see that he actually took time to respond:

Dear Mr. ...,

Thank you for taking the time to write.

It’s not so much a decision to end the Gonzaga series as it is wanting to take advantage of other opportunities – there are only so many non-conference games available, and we want to make certain we try to do the right thing by the men’s basketball program and, more importantly, the student-athletes. We are in the final year of a four-year agreement with the Bulldogs, which is why this has come up now – it was not an open-ended series.

Thank you again for writing. I appreciate the feedback


First off, I have major respect for this guy to write me back, when he definately didn't have to... Even if he just copy and pasted it along with all the other people who wrote to him, or even more likely had a student on WorkStudy do it for him. I still got respek. But I still disagree with him too. But, his ear is open, so if there are any UW fans out there (I know there is at least one) or fans in general who want this guys ear... he is listening.

Just remember to be respectful...

I decided to leave this video, although I'm still a little bummed by the outcome, because it shows how into this game the UW fans are.
Rivalries take time to make. Gonzaga has dominated the series, and UW was obviously pumped up to stop the streak with an incredible win. If this Rivalry is going to happen, (And UW needs it more than GU) now is a good time to make it happen.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Baby!

Hey yo.

An update for all the Western Washington University people.

Jamie and Jesse had their baby on Sunday Morning. A girl, Kathryn Marie. Both mom and baby are healthy. Keep them in your prayers.

Unfortunately I couldn't find a video of it on youtube. You'll just have to imagine it.

Frustration

Whats more frustrating than watching the Seahawks repeatedly give up huge plays on 3rd and 4th down?

Watching the Seahawks repeatedly give up huge plays on 3rd and 4th down on ESPN's Gamecast.

Terrible.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Still working

Its dead around here. Everyone is home for the free weekend. Its nice, because I still have a TON of work to do for midterms.

The good news is, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Plus I got this guy to keep me company. At least one of his CDs is keeping me company. Which is fine, because his finger nails are kind of freaky.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Candidacy

Just a quick update.

This last weekend I recieved Candidacy. That meanst that I have made a public statement that I am in formation for priesthood. It was pretty cool overall. I wish I had some pictures right now to show you, but you will have to wait until later this week when I get them e-mailed to me.

The second years also recieved their ministry of Reader. They asked me to be the Thurifer (incensor). It made things crazy in the sacristy, but it was fun serving.

My parents and grandparents also visited. I took them around L.A. Pretty Good little Saturday. Beverly Hills, Hollywood (I still don't like hollywood), Santa Monica, Malibu... and lovely Camarillo. Then they left me here and went off to Vegas.

In other news, I'm halfway through midterms. I still have a take home test for Old Testament, an Exegesis on the Old Testament, An article Critique for Old Testament, and an Outline of a book on the Eucharist for liturgy... Due by Monday. It will be hard to get it done, but I'll manage.

Seahawks stank it up today.... and we are down to our second string quarter back for a couple weeks it looks like. ND keeps playing terrible only to win in thrilling fashion. The most overrated team in College football, the University of Oregon, finally lost.

Anyways... I'm pretty much looking forward to Gonzaga Basketball to start up again. And thats about it. Here is a clip of what is behind the Zags, and what might be considered the Future:

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Midnight Post

I should be in bed. I say that not so much in the whiny sense, but in the sense that I know whats best for me. What is best for me doesn't include an 11:30 pm trip to InN'Out Burger.

But it isn't really my fault. I have a lot of stuff going on, and it isn't even all mine. As some of you know, we have some seminarians from Uganda studying here. They are all pretty much computer illiterate, and do not know how to type very well. There is no way they could get sll of their stuff done without help, and so a few of us are working overtime. Its been a great opportunity to get to know these guys a little better.

Anyways, since a Toto video probably isn't the most appropriate way to end this thing, I'll leave a different one. A funny one. I dedicate it to Scott at my favorite Gonzaga/other stuff/comedy website La Revolucion because (like this fictional News Team) he has spent time in Spokane and I think he'd like the poster on the wall.

Enjoy!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Great Article

In the US we have a lot of players that I believe would succeed in Europe. I'm sure of it. Its just that none of these players play on the US National Team. They are like this guy... Jay Demerit. Scott from La Revolucion sent me this article about an American who couldn't make it into the MLS who is doing very well in the Premiership of England. I think the US coach needs to take note of this. Wait... Do we even have a coach?

Here is a video of the goal he scored:

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Google is rad...

They developed a new program called Google Docs where you can share documents online. I think this is a great idea. Now I can post papers online if I want to. That being said, I don't know if I even want to post papers online. But what the hey. Here is a philosophy paper I wrote last year on utilitarianism.
I wanted to give you a specific video for this one, but I couldn't find a way to embed it. So here is a link to it, and another video just for fun.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Busy

I've been rediculously busy this week with non-scholastic activities. Most of it is due to my job as the seminary sacristan, but there is a lot of formation stuff thats been happening to. Advisor Meetings, Rector conferences, Field Education.... the list goes on. I'm really going try and get that paper on faith and reason done today (although I usually keep Friday as holy as the Sabbath, since I don't have class).

On the bright side, I saw a hilarious episode of the simpsons last night (I couldn't sleep) where Bart and Homer want to convert to Catholicism. Here is a clip:

Thats not exactly the way I pictured it, but it was pretty funny, I thought.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Seminarian

A couple weeks back, I wrote an entry explaining why I added the Tomfoolery aspect to the blog. Some people have e-mailed me enquiring why I'm a seminarian. So... here is my (rather boring) vocation story. Please note, this is not really the whole story, but it is the basic gist of it.

I went to Catholic school until 8th grade. When I was in second grade, my Pastor walked into our classroom and shared with us that he was our age when he knew he wanted to be a priest. That is the first moment I ever felt "called." I had no idea what that would entail, except that it meant I would have to go to Mass a lot. That didn't sound too apealing to me. I really didn't like Mass. I dreaded going there and would throw fits when my mom tried to stuff me and my brother in the car. Still, throughout my childhood, I just knew that I would be a priest.

I was a kid that loved sports, and was always doing something. We had a local select soccer team in my town, the Whatcom F.C. Rangers, and I tried out eleven and made it. This was a turning point for me, because we started going to Mass a lot less after this. I played on that team until I was 18, which meant that for about 7 or 8 years, Soccer was my religion.

My best friend, though, was a good influence on me. He was a pretty knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, and made an effort to develop Christian friendships. He started to go to a non-denominational service called The INN. The INN was geared toward college students and a lot of the protestants from our High School went there. I started going with them. I enjoyed it a lot, and when I decided to go to Western I decided that I would go to The INN every week.

I think it was Ash Wednesday when I began to get "homesick" for the Catholic Faith. I actually saw some people around campus sporting ashes on their forehead. I didn't know much about Catholicism, but I did know that Ash wednedsay was the beginning of Lent, and that it was a custom to "give something up." I mentioned this to some of my friends from the INN, and they either had no idea what I was talking about, or they were shocked that I would do something "so Catholic." This homesickness was further realized when the INN did a communion service. I remembered from m catechesis that communion was supposed to be more special than the way we celebrated it here. After asking a friend about communion and how the Catholic view was different than his, I realized how terribly uneducated I was concerning the faith. I didn't even know what I really believed. So, I decided I would go to Mass again and figure everything out.

I had heard of a Catholic Student Center on the University Campus, so I decided to check it out. When I got there I was pretty surprised with how many people I already knew. This got me to come back a few times. I got more and more involved, and began studying up on the faith. One partuicular activity that I ejoyed was studying the Theology of the Body, by John Paul II. I developed a prayer life built around the Sacraments and devotion to Our Lady. My Junior year, I got a job with the ministry. The people there became some of my best friends. They were the ones who helped me re-visit my thoughts about priesthood.

One night in particular struck me. We were on one of our annual retreats and one of the culminating moments of this was a Reconciliation Service. There were about 4 or 5 priests hearing confessions for the 70 or so students in attendance. Some of the students hadn't been to confession in a long time. I sat in the back of the room watching each student walk up and make their confession. I watched the priest and student have a conversation, then I would see the priest's hand raise as he spoke the words of absolution. I didn't want to admit it to myself, but I had this urge to help the priests and hear confessions.

While I was afraid of the vocation, I remained open to it, and it grew in me. My senior year of college was when I decided I would go to seminary and give it a shot, and here I am. Yeah, it was a little more complicated than that, but thats all I'm really interested in revealing at the moment.

I just want to close by restating what it says in the upper right hand corner of this page. I'm doing this because I love the Church. This video might help explain it.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

They Really Do Hate Us....

WARNING: This post consists of me whining. And then it consists of some randomness.

By "they" I mean people who aren't from the state of washington. By "us" I mean our sports teams from the state of washington. By "hate" I mean, Really enjoy abstaining from Cheering for. Therefore... People who aren't from the state of Washington really enjoy abstaining from cheering for our sports teams from the state of Washington.

I know that the entire east coast thinks we are just overreacting. But we aren't. I was just at a restaurant here in LA and had to put up with an entire bar that cheered progressively louder for the frickin bears as we got dominated more and more. Needless to say, its been an aweful night. Now if this was Chicago, then so be it. But this is LA, and in LA, they cheer for whoever is winning. Just last February, this entire town was puuling for the Steelers, because Vegas had the steelers winning... then they all become Bears fans??? Also, when Gonzaga was going through their tournament run last year they wound up playing against UCLA. Even the ANTI-UCLA crowd around here wound up cheering for the freaking Bruins. I can't figure these people out, but getting the indifferent folk to cheer for a team from Washington is terribly difficult.

But I can't say I blame them after tonight's game. The Seahawks have been simply terrible lately. They've been outscored 61-6 in the last 5 quarters. Thats not gonna win any super bowls, dudes.

I'm also using this post to announce that I will be pulling for the Twins this year in the MLB playoffs. I don't think I have to use this post to announce that I hope the Yankees lose.

Onto the randomness...

When it was suggested that I go see that new Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher movie, "The Guardian," I really didn't want to go. I've already seen kevin Costner play his character before. (Its the same look! I feel like I'm taking crazy pills). But this movie was pretty dang good. I really really enjoyed it, and it was worth the money I paid. So go see it.

I also watched Saturday Night Live last night. It wasn't bad. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad. I am disapointed that Horatio Sanz is no longer a cast member though. Rachel Dratch is no longer on board either. The writing seemed alright though, and there were some funny skits.... especially the one about airport security. Hopefully it continues to improve.

And now for one of my favorite Dratch/Sanz skits... The only reason its funny is how badly everyone broke character, so keep watching.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Some assignments:

I'm gonna be pretty busy the next week or so. Here is an overview of some of my assignments I have to work on.

-A short exegesis on Exodus 3, The Burning Bush. I think I'm gonna zero in on verse 5 which talks a bit about Reverence.

-A critique of a scholarly article for my Old Testament class. I've read half of the article, and its basically a feminist/liberation article.

-An outline of a book on the Eucharist for my class on the liturgy. I have chosen the book, "The Holy Eucharist" by Aidan Nichols, O.P. (I strongly recomend it)

-An instruction on an aspect of the Liturgy to a specific audience or church event. I will be composing a presentation geared towards adult men about full active and concious participation in the liturgy.

-A five page paper on the topic of Faith and Reason in the writings of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

I'm most excited for the last assignment on this list, the one on Faith and Reason. I will get to compare the great encyclical Fides et Ratio by John Paul II to the (very controversial, at least according to the media) recent address by Pope Benedict at Regensburg. It should be interesting.

Fides et Ratio, literally Faith and Reason, is something that I think everyone should read. If you are catholic, it is vital for you to know the way faith and reason work together in truth. The reason you should read it is that I'm tired of hearing people think that the Church is opposed to Science and the like. But if you aren't Catholic, then I think you should read this too, because you also won't give off the impression that the Church is opposed to Science and the like. Its a very easy read, and you can find it on the vatican website. Here is a link.

Take it easy, have a good weekend. I won't because I'm under pressure with all these assignments. And now for your youtube video... you guessed it:

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

C U When U Get There

The Nike Run Hit Remix was very very fun. It was a 5 mile race, but along the course there were some stages set up where some hip-hop acts from the 90s were playing. These acts included Debbie Gibson, Young MC, Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Digital Underground, and De La Soul.

We stayed at St. Vincent's Catholic Church which is located right across the street from the USC campus. We woke up early and walked over to the starting line, which was at the LA memorial Colliseum. On the way, we walked by one of the stages and saw Young MC doing his soundcheck. William, A seminarian from the Diocese of Orange, and I ran up to the stage and began calling out for the song Principle's Office. Mr. MC was not impressed and gave us quite a nasty stare.

The amount of people at the starting line was overwhelimng. At the beginning it was hard to actually run because the volume of people was so huge. But it wasn't too long before we were at the first stage... Young MC! I fought myself to the front and started yelling for Principle's office again. He just looked at me and said, "Come on man! I'm like 40 years old! I don't do that one anymore!" It was pretty rad.

The way that 'nilla Ice was set up was pretty good in theory because we got to see him twice. But really it was lame because we had to see him twice. I'm gonna pull the "if you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all" card out now and leave it at that, but you should know it wasn't the music that makes me say that.

Next, we found ourselves in the USC Frat Row. A lot of the fraternities and sororities were out cheering us on, which was actually kind of cool. It was right in the midst of the houses that Coolio was set up. I must say that I really really enjoyed Coolio. I wanted to hear "Fantastic Voyage," but instead we got "C U When U Get There," which was great to hear. He had a dude on a saxaphone playing with him, and everyone was really into it.

The next group of musicians was kind of a nice surprise, actually. A Gospel Choir from one of the local Baptist Churches was out seeing some hymns. Respek.

It was, however, about this time (only 3.5 miles in), that I started getting really sore. I pushed it until Digital Underground when I heard "The Humpty Dance playing." We just missed it though, so we stuck around for a wuick listen and then finished.

Our final time was about an hour and four minutes, but about 15-20 minutes, I'd guess, was spent listening to the acts. At the finish line, De La Soul was playing, and we got free Jamba Juice, which was cool.Unfortuneately I don't have any pictures, but if any are made available, I'll post them.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Fun Run

This weekend, a few other guys from the seminary and I will be heading over to the USC campus for for the Nike Run Hit Remix. It is basically a 5 mile race, but there are bands playing every mile or so.

This is going to be a great event because it combines two of my favorite things: music and running. Oh... Wait a minute... I hate running. Its pizza I like. Danget.

Anyways, since I already paid my non-refundable payment, I'll just have to tough this one out I guess. I'll hopefully get some pictures taken so I can share them with you. And, I'll have the sounds of Coolio, De La Soul, Digital Underground and Young MC. Hey Young, Don't send me to the Principle's Office! Heh heh.

Anyways, if 'Nilla Ice doesn't play this song, I'm going to be one disapointed runner.
Peace. Word to your mother!