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.