Sunday, January 29, 2006

Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral

Today, three other seminarians and I went down to LA to serve the 10am mass at the LA Cathedral. Of course I remembered the controversy surrounding its construction, and as you can tell from much of the artwork and architecture, it is not the most traditional of Catholic buildings. I was not too fond of the outside. It reminded me of the Huxley building at Western. The inside however, was not bad. I especially liked the communion of Saints tapestry. The color of the inside, sort of a light brown tone, was very nice and relaxing. Overall, it was a good experience. I forgot my camera, so I couldnt take pictures, but I did see where Hollywood actor Gregory Peck was buried in the Crypt.

One thing that made me laugh though, was how everything in the Cathedral was Giant Sized. Huge candles, huge vessels, huge thurible (which has broken a couple of times during Mass) and huge everything else.

In conclusion, the LA cathedral is...interesting. You should check it out if you are ever in LA.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Don't buy Dodge Trucks (or cars)

You two who read this blog might remember that my friend Troy was a finalist to be the new HEMI guy that sells dodge trucks. (Hey! Is that a HEMI!) Well after completely dominating the voting, thanks to the state of Washington, he was already to sign a contract for four spots. That was until some idiot decided to pick someone else. Someone who only got like 10 percent of the votes. The Girl.

They decided to go with the girl after they told Troy he got the job. A really lame thing to do to a nice guy. So that is why I am boycotting Dodge trucks and cars, but especially the trucks. I think you should all do the same.

Unfortunately for Dodge, many people will probably stop buying Dodge trucks. Not due to my boycott, but because they have a girl selling their trucks now. Here is why. People, whether man or woman, want to buy a truck because it is manly, rugged, and tough. Thats why they always show the trucks off-roading in commercials, and hauling large loads and what not. I know a lot of women that own pickup trucks, and it isn't to look cute. Its to be all jacked up and tough looking on the road. I wouldn't be surprised if the 2007 Dodge trucks came out in Magenta, Cyan, and Goldenrod due to this.

Head up Troy. Head up!


Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Theology and LOST

If you have not seen the recent episodes of Lost and do not want them to be ruined ten don't read this post.

If you have seen them, then you probably noticed the Catholic themes going on in the more recent episodes. For example, a couple of episodes ago we found that Mr. Echo is really a priest. Then, in the most recent episode, Charlie desperately wanted to have Claire's baby, Aaron, Baptised.

The theology is nice to have, but it is annoying at how wrong they are getting key Catholic Doctrines. One example is back in season one where Locke's mother told him his conception was Immaculate. By this she meant he had no father, but what immaculate actually means is clean, or, without sin in the case of theology. Another thing is the way echo talked about baptism. I don't remember specifically what he said about it, but what baptism is, from the Catholic perspective, is an enterance into the body of Christ, the Church. It is quite difficult to explain baptism without Christ, so the writers of LOST just decided to change the doctrine. The last thing that was annoying was that Echo said John the Baptist knew that he had cleansed Jesus of his sins. Newsflash to the writers, but according to Catholic tradition, Jesus never sinned. It was impossible for Jesus to sin.

Just a little rant, but what the hell.

Haven't read the encyclical yet, but heard it was a defense of Eros. Not quite the bomb many expected out of the B16, but I'm sure we will be seeing more soon.


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Seahawks in the Super Bowl?

I still can't believe it. The Seattle Seahawks are actually in the Super Bowl. This is the most unlikely thing thats happened in while. And, which makes it even better, they actually looked really really good while beating the Panthers. We'll see how things go the next week or so, but I'm getting pumped. I get to watch NFL Live and actually hear talk about the Seahawks. This rarely happens.

There are, unfortunately, a large population of Steeler fans in the Seminary, and in Southern California. Which is Lame.

In other sports news, Gonzaga's been winning, UW;s been winning, and the Sonics played a rediculously high scoring game. Even my Alma Mater, Western Washington University has held onto their number 2 ranking. I guess sports are actually going pretty well now.

Had a great weekend in San Francisco. I saw my friends Matt Miller, Adam Flamiatos, and Matt Oakland. I marched for Life. And I got to meet a lot of cool people from all around California.

Now I'm just studying and checking the internet for Pope Benedict's new encyclical. I can't wait.


Sunday, January 08, 2006

Back to School


Break was great. Highlights include going to 80's night at the 3B one last time before it closed, hanging out with CYO people, getting a coffee at the underground coffee house, seeing a bunch of family and friends, Christmas, playing halo at Xavier, and spending time in Seattle.

Now I'm back in California and am going on retreat until Friday. Please keep me in prayer as I spend the next few days in (near)silence.