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?


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


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


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.


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!