Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Summer is Rad


Before I explain, I'd like to offer some congratulations to one of my readers, Kevin, who was ordained to the diaconate last Saturday. Way to go Deacon Kevin.

Now onto my summer plans...

As far as formation goes, my summer will be a bit different than it was last year, in downtown Seattle. Instead, I will be returning to California for the month of July for a retreat. I've never been on retreat for a month before. Its a little intimidating, but I think it will be a great experience.

In the meantime, June is a busy month for seminarians. The highlight will definately be ordination. I'll be assisting at the liturgy, where two men will be ordained to the priesthood.

Other things we will be doing include a fundraiser with the local Serra Club, the priesthood retreat at the ocean, and our discernment retreat for High School/College Students, Quo Vadis Days.

After the retreat, I'll come back for a month before I start fall semester.

But all this of course is not all I'll be up to. The Ski to Sea Race was this last weekend, which is always one of my favorite things to do every summer. I'll be hitting up the Mariners a few times, for sure. A weekend boat trip through the San Juan Islands with a few friends is in the works, as are a couple trips north to Vancouver BC.

Yep, should be a great time. Blogging will be very light around here, although it pretty much always is.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Home

I got home safely Sunday night at 7:15pm.

Thanks for the prayers...

More soon.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hello Time Bomb

Shuttin down the computer. Thanks for keepin up this year. I'll see you back in the state o' Wershington.

Pray for some safe travels please.

I'm on my waaaaaaaaaaaaaay.... I'm on my waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay..... home sweet hoooooooooooooooooome....

And She Was

Thats the song on my ipod right now.

I'm cleaning a lot. I have so many books its stupid. I haven't read like half of them, but they are all awesome. I need to get to that. Anyway, this day is stupid because it involves a lot of packing. I can't stand packing.

It is also a rather dumb day because people are making the rounds saying that they've made decisions not to come back next year. I'm sure they are all the correct decisions, but it is still hard. Oh well, thats discernment for you.

Blessed Be God!

Now its Christmas Song by Dave Matthews on my ipod. The version from Remember Two Things.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Blessed Be God

Wow. I'm finished. Finished with one of the most difficult academic years of my life. I suprisingly don't feel relief. Rather, I feel a huge sense of... I don't know, Satisfaction? Joy? Looking back over the year, I feel like I've grown a lot, and in many different ways. I can't say anything more than that.

I'll try to shoot out a couple more posts before I leave letting you know my summer plans and whatnot.

Well...

One final left.

I came across the below video on Mary Meets Dolly. I'm no scientist, so if anyone wants to refute the video in any way, they can go ahead.

A couple weeks ago in Moral Theology my professor talked about some of the realities of how embryos are harvested for research. One such reality is how difficult the procedure is on the women who give up their eggs. It is a terribly difficult procedure.

Since American Women aren't giving up their eggs (at least as my professor asserted... again, feel free to disagree) a lot of companies are going to the third world and offering women relatively small amounts of money to give up their eggs. If the procedure is as difficult as my professor and videos like this assert, then I really don't see this as being anything other than exploitation of women.

Oh yeah... and its all for "highly speculative" research that has not yet yielded any good news for curing any disease.

Call me crazy, but maybe this whole embryonic stem cell research thing isn't all its cracked up to be.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ooooohhhhh I'm half way there.....

Oooooohhhhh! Livin on a prayer....

Halfway done with finals. Christian Anthro went alright... sometimes my prof asks questions that I swear he never mentioned, but I think I should pull a decent grade. I destroyed my Moral theology exam. I had to answer two questions (essay, of course). 1) Explain the ontological distinction of human life and human person as discussed in the magisterial documents and explain its impact on the Church's teaching of abortion and 2)Explain the Church's teaching regarding the use of pain control in its documents on Euthanasia.

Pauline epistles and Church history remain, both take homes, but both LONG.

I still haven't packed much of my stuff up, which is bad news. I want to get home to kick it with my friends and family.

Here is an album version of the song I referenced above, and a sweet acoustic version of the same song.



Bike to Work Day

How am I going to celebrate this wonderful day??

I think I'll drive 400 miles.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Alma Mater Soccer

Nice work boys! ON TO STATE!

Here is the Bham herald article. I love how the article brings up the best game in school (not to mention county) history, where SHS wound up in the state championship against the cross-town rival. Of course, leave it to the Squally fans to show up in their pre-game "State Champion" T shirts. I wonder what happened to all those shirts after Sehome sent them home in PKs. (btw, I'm a proud brother, since my bro played in that game and shut one of their forwards down... I should load that thing up on Youtube one of these days).

My trip to state was much worse. After beating the top seeded team in the first round, we got to host a second round game. I didn't see the field and we blew a two goal lead at halftime to lose in PKs. Danget. Well, at least I'll always have that Intramural Championship at WWU!
So... Roll on Green Wave! Stick it out and bring home another title. And congrats to BHS as well, who are undefeated and in the same tournament.

Now, I've been wanting to play this one for a while. It doesn't fit at all, but I think this is one of the best movies of the last 5 years, and since it probably won't be on Youtube much longer, I want to play it. Its from Man On Fire, and it's awesome. It's the end of the movie though, so if you haven't seen it, don't watch it here. Rent the movie and watch it. It is AWESOME.
Back to the studies...

Happy Mother's Day!

Some images from my travels...


Did anyone else notice that its Mother's day AND the feast of Our Lady of Fatima? Because I didn't until just a second ago.

Oh, and as a tribute to my mom, I'll play this clip of one of her favorite flicks:
I can't wait till my vacation... Love ya mom.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Stuff

My test last thursday went well. A-.

Studying is going alright, although I don't know how anyone could study in weather like this. I wish I had a picture to show you, but it has been BEAUTIFUL.

A was inspired a bit by this story from my friend Kristine. Kristine and I met at the Newman Center (although it wasn't called that back then) at WWU and have been friends ever since. Her and her husband Michael pretty much dominate. Just in general, they dominate. The story I linked explains one example where Kristine dominates the powers of evil by teaching second graders how to dominate evil with their rosaries.

Not much to report at this time. Here is a video that the deacons at Mundelein made. I leave it because 1) its funny and 2) one of our soon to be ordained priests from the home-diocese helped make it.

Deacon Payne:


Some Old Skool Awesome U2:

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

I can see it. Its a week away. But wow, what a week it will be.

Thursday: Moral theology Oral Exam (not the final). I'm hoping this will be followed by a trip to the beach with my Christian Anthropology notes... I also have my homiletics self evaluation and my Pastoral education self evaluation to take care of.

Friday: Study Christian Anthro... begin Church history take home exam (which is a long one)... study Moral Theology... begin to pack up.

Saturday: Study above subjects and continue packing.

Sunday: One last mass at the raddest parish in LA... Study above exams... continue packing.

Monday: Christian Anthro exam... study... recieve Pauline Epistles Take home exam... pack.

Tuesday: Moral Theology exam... study... pack.

Wednesday: Church history exam due. Get Pauline exam turned in ASAP.

Next Thurs: Praise Jesus.

Next Friday: Praise Jesus and start the long drive home.

Actually, when you lay it out like that, it isn't that bad. Still, my classmates and I could use some prayers. Pray that we remember we aren't learning this stuff for us... we're learning it for you, the people of God. Its not about grades. Its about being ready to serve those who need it.

Also, please pray for the repose of the soul of my friend Dixie. Dixie was a resident at the convalescent home I volunteered at this past semester. She suffered a lot during the final month or so of her life, and unfortuneately didn't have anyone to comfort her aside from the nurses at the time of her death. She told me a little bit of her story, and she sadly had some difficult experiences I'm not sure she resolved during her time on earth. Pray for her.

Pax Christi.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Spiderman 3 (Part 2)

As I fully expected, some Catholic reviews of Spiderman 3 have been posted before I had a chance to write anything. American Papist has his review here. I try to read all of his reviews and I can tell you that he has very good taste and has a knack for getting to the depths of a film's message. There isn't really anything I can add, but I will anyway.
If you haven't seen the movie yet, you may not want to read on since I may reveal some aspects of the plot.

Spiderman 3 was a movie about sin, the battle within all of us. This "sin" came in the form of a black ball of slime that came from an asteroid that landed near Peter Parker and MJ. Already a theological parallel can be made, that as the world was not created with sin, neither was Peter Parker's world created with this substance. This slime finds its way into Peter's apartment and attaches itself to Peter, who is immediately changed by it. Not only did his suit change from Red to Black, but he was no longer the humble soul he once was. Instead, Peter and his alter ego became self centered and violent. He kept saying that wearing the new suit, "felt good." At one point he even hit the love of his life, Mary Jane. Another event that featuring the black suited Peter was that he embarrassed a rival photographer, Eddie Brock (played by Topher Grace), by exposing some doctored images. Although I forget the specific course of events, it came to be that Peter began to experience a great deal of guilt.

In his guilt, Peter looks to ditch his black suit, and all the evil he'd caused with it.
So, he makes his way to the local Catholic Church (and yes, it was blatantly Catholic and it included a beautiful crucifix... so that was awesome). It was in the bell tower, and partly due to the sound of the bell, where the suit finally came off, but not without a consequence. Brock, who found his way into the Church to petition God to kill Peter Parker (actually sort of a humorous scene), became infected when some of the sin slime landed on him. It is here where Brock transformed into one of the Spider man villains, Venom. This was interesting, because it provided an image that sin is not merely personal, but infects those around us. It can be passed on, and it can spread.

Carrying on towards the end of the film, a showdown between the redeemed Spiderman and infected Venom provides a pretty good action sequence. Using some steel poles as a bell , Peter causes Venom's suit to freak out, and Brock is freed from it. Using one of the Green Goblin's bombs (the green goblin is a whole other story in this one) Spiderman blows up the suit. The only problem was that Brock wanted the suit so bad that he jumped back into the suit when the bomb exploded, killing him. Its interesting too, that although we may become "free of sin" after confession or baptism, our desire to sin (to put the suit back on) is not remedied. Again, another profound image (perhaps intended, perhaps not) that shows a profound reality.

That's my take on it. But there is one other thing I should mention. It was revealed in the movie that Peter's uncle, Ben Parker, was not killed by the man we thought in the first movie. Rather, he was killed by a man who became Sandman, another spiderman villain. At the end of the movie, we find out that he did not mean to murder Uncle Ben, and he confronted Peter to tell him. There is a lot I'm leaving out here, but Peter wound up saying, "I forgive you." This drew some laughter out of the audience, and the girl behind me said, "Oh my God, that's cheesy." Perhaps its true, but it was still an important part of the film's message, and I hope people don't write the concept of forgiveness off that easily.

A notorious serial killer from my home state, "The Green River Killer," was caught a few years ago. I'm a bit surprised there are a lot of people have never heard of him, since he killed almost 50 women, which is more than some of the more famous serial killers in recent memory. After pleading guilty to the murder each of his victim's to avoid the death penalty, the families of the deceased were allowed to address the court. One person in the courtroom did something that he admits wasn't easy, but was something that affected the killer. See for yourself:

Friday, May 04, 2007

Overdue...

This post is a bit overdue. Before I updated to the new version of blogger, I had a little widget way down at the bottom that told me who linked to me. Thus, I had a lot of links that I visited that never made it to my official set of links on the right hand side of the page.

Well, the time has come for me to finally do something about it. I added a few blogs that my friends (all young Catholics) back home run. Do give them a visit... they are good people.

Also, do give American Papist a visit and check out the video he has in the upper left hand corner. Its a video my friends Zach and Cheri made in memory of Pope John Paul II. Its a great video!

Also added to my list is a Southern Californian. Inksmudge, who runs ::i am becoming all that i am:: runs a fine blog, although she's been busy with school and hasn't had a whole lot of time lately.

Another is Sister Allie (Duc in Altum!), who a student at Aquinas College (Not the one near me. Its in Michigan). She is a proud supporter of priests and seminarians, so that makes me a supporter of her.

Lastly, another seminarian that I've been in touch with from the East Coast. Carlos runs Thoughts and Ruminations of a Man on a Quest. He reads a lot. Seriously. Give him a visit and see what I mean.

That takes care of that. The Canucks lost on a heart breaker, if you missed it. I don't know a whole lot about hockey, since I only pay attention to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but I thought that looked like a high hit right before the goal. As Roberto Luongo appealed to the ref, breaking his concentration for a split second, some dude put in a haymaker from the blue line. It was pretty lame:

Spiderman 3 (Part 1)...

Part One of this review will be very short. I don't want to spoil everything, and its 2:45 AM. The main point to get across to you now is GO SEE THE MOVIE! I loved it!

Now, I'll just mention some themes to be thinking about when you see it, then I'm going to bed. Mass starts in 4 hours...

Some key themes are:

-Marriage
-Forgiveness
-Extremely corny jokes
-Sin
-Jealousy
-Rage/Revenge
-Terrible acting by extras(During Spider Man's party in NYC, check out the lady just to the left of the podium, and see what I mean).
-Self Sacrifice

The list goes on. I'm disapointed there were no previews for some of the big blockbusters this summer, but whatever... the movie was great.

Now its bed time. Hopefully I'll see the movie again and bring a notepad to write a better review. Till then...

Thursday, May 03, 2007

On the ropes...

Let's go Vancouver! Beat the Anaheim Mighty-Sucks. Or did they shorten it to just Sucks now? Am I even allowed to say "sucks?" Anyway, Naslund will score again, and Luongo should have a big night, but will it be enough?

As for the D-Jack trade, Nobody in Seahawkland, including my astute commenter Pyrosapien, seems to be too upset about it. I guess I'm just out of the loop, which is what I get for living in SoCal.

Its May and the mariners are above 500 and in second place. Better than that, they actually have a decent record against their own division, something that really did us in last year. Lookout Landing has some funny stuff to say about it.

I'm waiting for LaRev's re-emergence on May 11th, but in case you didn't hear, Cespedes is no longer a Zag, and neither are Burgess and Mast. While not the biggest losses to swallow, its a bit disappointing. I hope they do well in the future.

Well that takes care of my teams. Its weird I post so much about them, since I barely get to follow them. Hopefully this summer I'll be able to catch up.

Speaking of summer, its only 2 weeks and a day away. When that happens, I will be 1/3 of the way through formation. Which is... scary. Very Scary. If I stay the course, (and God decides to keep calling me) I'll be thinking about my first assignment in 4 years. Four years has never felt so short. This isn't bad though, since it really motivates me to pray/study/pray. I'm totally not ready for it yet, and I still have a lot of places I need to grow, so pray that God works on me.

My exegesis didn't turn out exactly the way I had hoped, so we'll just have to see what my prof thinks. I'll be working on my annotated Bibliography on Catharism (Albigensians). It won't be hard, but if my Inter-Library Loan items I ordered like three weeks ago don't come in then I'm in some trouble.

Since I don't have class tomorrow a few of us (ok, like 20 of us) are going to go see Spider Man tonight at Midnight. Hopefully I'll have a little (and of course, poorly written) review of it up tomorrow sometime.

So I'll let this pointless post end and reiterate what I said earlier. GO CANUCKS GO!

I'm posting this again for my own personal motivation: