Friday, June 20, 2008

Life is Good

I've really been enjoying my time in Bellingham. I just love being home and around the people I love. I really don't like blogging when I'm home because 1) there isn't much reason too and 2) my parents computer takes about 20 minutes to boot up and get on the internet.

I leave Sunday to go to Mexico for 6 weeks, which is crazy. It's both scary and exciting and I'm looking forward to it.

Then I'm going to be heading into my internship, which will last for 1 year. I'm looking forward to it, as there will be plenty of work to do... work that I really look forward to spending my life doing. (I'll also be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land sometime in October).

But, unfortunately, as I head into this next set of challenges, there is something I think I need more of... privacy. This is really the make or break year, folks... I need to give 110% to this next year. If I decide to continue on, it will be only like 1.5 years until I'm ordained a deacon, and 2 years until priesthood. That kind of scares me... a lot. That really isn't far away.

So I think this might be my last post for a while. I'm probably going to keep the thing open and after my internship I might blog again, but I think this will be it for a while. But you never know, so check back.

Go Zags. Go M's. Go Seahawks. Go Irish.

God Bless.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sacramento

After an incredibly wonderful tour of the east coast, an incredibly frustrating day of travel home, 5 hours of packing, and almost 7 hours of driving, I'm in Sacramento. And I'm loving it. Bye.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sorry

Sorry for my lack of blogging. Things have been busy. I'm at the beginning of finals week right now, and then I have to pack up my room and move out. Then I head to the East Coast for some Vacation. Then I head back West and drive for two days. Then, maybe, I will finish up my posts on the Pope. I know... little late. Sorry.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Rini's

Due to the generosity of my bishop, I was able to attend the Youth Rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers NY during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the USA. This is one small part of a series of posts about my experience. Please check back for more updates.

What a day. I had no time to post, so I apologize. Tomorrow I'm going to write the post on "The Main Event," if you will and hopefully have it up in the evening sometime. After that, for the next week I'll be putting more small posts up about other musical acts and some stuff that we did in NY on Sunday.

But for now, I want to post a little commercial of sorts about a good Italian restaurant ran by some wonderful people. I recommend it for anyone staying in White Plains or Elmsford New York, or anyone who is staying in the city and wants to get out of it for a little while. From NY, just head over to Grand Central Station and take the Harlem Line (Metro North) up to White Plains. Its about a 35 minute ride. Then just take a cab over to Rini's Restaurant in Elmsford. This is probably the toughest part, since it will be a good $15 cab ride each way (maybe more).

The food is excellent and the people are very nice. They are all actually Italian too. With accents. After the rally ended, it took us a long time to get off property and out of Yonkers, so we missed our reservations. They were more than happy to take us whenever we got there, even though the restaurant usually closes by the time we arrived. They kept the restaurant open so we could eat and they stayed late to serve us. When we did arrived, they were proud to have 20 seminarians in the restaurant. They even comped us some wine.

Oh, and of course, the food was good too. I ordered the Gnochi and it was quite good although there were another 20 or so items that I wanted to try.

So a big thanks to the people at Rini's, and if anyone is ever looking for a good place north of NYC, look out for them. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Good Stuff

Due to the generosity of my bishop, I was able to attend the Youth Rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers NY during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the USA. This is one small part of a series of posts about my experience. Please check back for more updates.

Ok, let's get to the good stuff. After the Kelly Clarkson performance (I'll get to that later) many of the bishops in attendance came out to visit and speak with the seminarians and youth. Here are a few:
And here is the fairly newly appointed Cardinal DiNardo framed nicely between a seminarian and a different bishop. I'm happy these bishops siezed the opportunity to visit with those in attendance, especially the youth. It was just a nice sight.

At this point, word was spreading around that the Pope was going to be a little late. A video on the sacrament of marriage was playing and people were gathered around talking. Then, a cheer started to rise up out of the crowd and we noticed that the video screens had changed to the image of a few cars driving onto the property. The moment that Vatican Flag became visible on that Limo, everybody started going crazy. He was now on the seminary property, only a few hundred yards away.

This is about when I started to lose it. Well, I guess I never really lost it, but I was definately tearing up. To be honest, I don't even know why. I was just moved by the whole experience. We were also receiving an audio feed from inside the seminary chapel and the Organ was droning on a very low note which added to the drama very nicely. I wish I had a picture of the seminarians in attendance. All of them, including me, had this wide-eyed gaping mouthed look on their faces like a kid on Christmas morning. Everyone's attention was drawn to the screens as we watched the Pope enter the seminary Chapel.

The video can be found here.

The seminary chapel was filled with wheel chairs and mothers holding small disabled children. Watching that man walk through the chapel grabbed everyone's heartstrings as a choir sang a hymn. A couple of moments in particular drew some "aawwws" out of the crowd. One was just after the 3:30 mark when that little girl dressed in white gave the Pope a little hug as he was blessing that woman in tears. The second that I remember was right around the 6 minute mark when the same little girl went to give the Pope a hug and then helped her friend do the same. It was an incredible moment I won't ever forget and there were a lot of damp eyes in Yonkers (and around the world) that night.

But we were just getting warmed up.

Security

Due to the generosity of my bishop, I was able to attend the Youth Rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers NY during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the USA. This is one small part of a series of posts about my experience. Please check back for more updates.

Depending on the day the way I finish the sentence, "If I wasn't going to be a priest I would be a..." varies greatly. Well, Saturday April 19, 2008 the answer was, "If I wasn't going to be a priest I'd be a secret service agent." These guys are awesome.

The security at the event was quite impressive. First, the nice little neighborhood in Yonkers where St. Joseph's seminary rests has never seen so many police officers/security guards. My pictures are lacking in their ability to really show how many police were on hand, but here is one: We were all searched pretty closely as we walked in. Inside the venue, the Secret Service was everywhere and there were many more officers. There were also a few of these guys scattered about: Those are snipers. I never did see a sniper rifle (which was good because that would have been a little unbecoming of the nature of the event) but they did have some huge binoculars and were watching every helicopter that cruised by. Oh, and speaking of helicopters, the police were up there as well. Although I never actually saw them, I'm guessing that there was a mess of security guards/secret service agents in the woods surrounding the venue as well.

The point of this is just to show how safe the Pontiff (and the hope of the Church of America as we were all called) were totally safe this evening.

Mo Rocca

Due to the generosity of my bishop, I was able to attend the Youth Rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers NY during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the USA. This is one small part of a series of posts about my experience. Please check back for more updates.

When I was a freshmen in college my roomate and I watched the Daily Show with John Stewart almost every night. One of the primary reasons we watched was that everyone besides John Stewart was really funny. Stephen Colbert was funny. Nancy Walsh was funny. Steve Carell was funny. But most especially, Mo Rocca was funny. Ever since these 4 left the show, the Daily show has been pretty bad, in my opinion. But back to the Pope... imagine my surprise when I discovered that Mo Rocca was going to be the MC of the Youth Rally. What the heck was he doing here of all places?Well apparently he's Catholic. I'm not sure how much he practices the faith, but he was educated by Jesuits and his mother seems to be very commited (She was watching the event on EWTN).

Mo Rocca was a wonderful MC of this event. We were all laughing every time he spoke. He was obviously improvising quite a bit in between acts to try and keep us entertained and he did very very well. There is no video out there of him, but if it ever comes out, you should watch it. One of his hidden talents that he used was naming the capital of any country that anyone shouted out.

This post isn't nearly as funny as I envisioned it, since I can't really remember anything specific, so I'm just going to stop.

More later.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Messengers of Christ

Due to the generosity of my bishop, I was able to attend the Youth Rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers NY during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the USA. This is one small part of a series of posts about my experience. Please check back for more updates.

Before the Pope arrived there was a concert that began at 10:30 and ended around 4. I feel as though it might be worth while to give an account of some of the performances, and I'd like to start out with one of my favorites: Messengers of Christ (MOC).

I'm quite honest when I say that I don't really like rap and that when Christians try to rap it is usually a disaster that is (deservedly) made fun of. It simply isn't impressive to me (or anyone) unless its done as a satire, like you know you're a dork trying to rap. Well, I was shown otherwise a little before noon the day of the rally. The Messengers of Christ are for real. They are talented and I think almost everyone enjoyed what they had to offer. As the lead singer, a priest from the Bronx named Fr. Espaillat*, came out in his Cassock I knew these guys were at least going to entertain. And boy did they. Here is a short clip:
After this song Fr. Espaillat* went out to the edge of the stage and rather effectively preached the Sacrament of Reconciliation. He urged everyone to go and from what I hear, confessional lines were fairly long. I would have loved to have gotten more with my camera but I had to save space for pictures of the Pope. Then they sang another song which was my favorite of their (sadly short) set. I think its called Forgive Me, but the spanish name might be Perdoname.The video, of course, doesn't do anything justice but the quality of music was excellent. The band was good. The lyrics (as far as I could tell) were good. The showmanship was good. I'm looking forward to good things out of this group, and I think they need to come to Los Angeles really really soon. Seriously, these guys (and girls) need to be taken seriously.

UPDATE: I found an article on Fr. Espaillat online that is worth reading. And it turns out I have another video from the song mentioned above. Yes, he's doing an Examination of Conscience. Unfortunately, its really tough to pick up the lyrics from the song in the video but its still pretty good.


*I think Fr. Espaillat might be one of the priests in the Vocations video Fishers of Men put together by Grassroots films. I'm pretty sure he's the guy that says, "You have to be a real Man if you want to be a priest."

My trip to see Pope Benedict (part 1)

Due to the generosity of my bishop, I was able to attend the Youth Rally at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers NY during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the USA. This is one small part of a series of posts about my experience. Please check back for more updates.

Well I guess I'll start by saying laying out the first few hours of the day. We got up around 6 (3 am West Coast time) and cleaned up/ had some breakfast and around 7:30 we were in our cabs to head over to the Yonkers Raceway where we were to be bussed over to St. Joseph Seminary. There were already a lot of youth groups gathered. We were among the first seminarians.

We were put on the first bus and then bussed over to the beautiful campus. We got off the bus and went through the impressive security system fairly quickly. After posing for a quick group picture, I went straight down to the field. This was about 9:30am. There were two sections for seminarians. One was filling up, the other had nobody there. I, of course, went straight for the vacant one, taking the best seat in the house (well, there was one other seat that was as good, but none better).

Here is a diagram to 1) give you a better idea of where I was and 2) put my stellar paintbrush skills on display. The yellow part is the buffer zone between the crowd and the Pope (there was actually Gold carpeting laid down here. The white at the top is the stage, and the white at the bottom is the gathering space. So it was 9:30 and it was already hot. But I didn't want to give up that spot. So I stayed there. I didn't eat. I simply drank a small bottle of water that I was given. It's a good thing that I saw that episode of Man vs. Wild when he goes into the Sahara with only one canteen full of water and learned that you have to only use enough to wet your mouth, rather than drink large quantities. So thanks Man... Versus Wild.

With the Pope not due to arrive until 4:30, this was going to be at least 7 hours...

Here is a picture of me and some people hanging out before the entertainment started:More later...

Amazing

Hey all. I'm back after one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I have to run to class, but please check back for updates frequently. Here is a preview:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Final Countdown

All my work for the week is finally done. Final Countdown is underway. More details this evening.Good Night.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Can't.... Study......

I'm so ready for this trip. I can barely think about school. I have a homily to give tomorrow, an entire liturgy that I'm supposed to plan thats due wednesday, and a 20 minute presentation on Thursday. Its crazy. Only this is really the last surge of the year. After this, I'm relatively out of the woods. This has probably been the toughest semester so far, and the most difficult part is almost over.

4 days.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Uh-Oh.

I'd better start consuming some serious liquids. Its warming up in NY. Friday's forecast is 76 degrees and sunny, which means if Saturday is at all the same, I'll be sitting or standing around in hot weather in all black for like 8 or 9 hours. That won't be fun.

But seeing the Pope will be fun, so I guess it balances out.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

New York

Today at the Seminary we're having our annual Field Education Supervisor Appreciation Dinner. As has been mentioned, I've been working at a homeless services center in Santa Monica and Venice. It has been a GREAT experience and I can't think of a better way to spend my fridays.

But it does slow everything while we get ready, so I have a few minutes and I thought I'd write a little bit about my upcoming trip to New York to see Pope Benedict. I'll depart from LA Friday Morning and arrive at JFK airport around 5pm NY time. At this point I have no idea what my brethren from other dioceses will be up to, but I assume I'll be meeting up with them at the airport and we'll travel together to our hotel which is like 10 minutes away from Yonkers. We'll get to bed nice and early so we can get up early and head over to the venue, at the seminary in Yonkers(i'm hoping our West Coast time schedule works in our favor and gets us up earlier than everyone else). I'm an idiot. Hopefully between 9am and 10am we'll get inside and then we'll basically wait around for a really long time.

At noon there is a concert. I only know of one performer, and I've got to wonder if somebody is up to something. When I think of Kelly Clarkson, I don't think of American Idol. I also don't think of any of her songs (although they aren't bad). I think of Steve Carell in a certain movie yelling her name because he's in pain. If you know the movie I'm talking about you might get what I mean.* Something about a bunch of seminarians screaming her name at the top of their lungs is, well... I will applaud each song she sings, but I will not be screaming her name. That would just be unfortunate.

At 4 this concert apparently ends, and then we basically go ballistic chanting "BEN-NE-DETTO." until finally at 4:30, the man shows up. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm guessing there will be Vespers and an address. Anything else that happens is great with me.

Not sure what will happen afterwards. I don't leave until late Sunday, so I'm guessing I'll probably travel around NYC for a while with some of my fellow seminarians.

So coverage will be on EWTN starting around 4, I'm guessing, (channel 233 in western washington). You can also stream coverage off of the internet.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Late

Missed this the other day.

Update: Here is another good link.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

21 Grams


I've been sitting on this Movie Review for like two months. I'll just lay it right out there:

This movie was awesome. I cannot recommend it highly enough. However, it is NOT for everyone. It is one of the 'heaviest' films I have ever seen, and if you aren't in the mood to be emotianally jerked around a little bit, you shouldn't watch this one. And do NOT show it to kids.

Prior to this one, the most intense (and even "stressful") movie I have seen was Babel, and guess what. They are by the same director, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu. (There are a few Accents and whatnot over his names that I'm not able to use in Blogger too lazy to figure out. Inarritu is also a Catholic, which is cool. To me anyways.

But back to the movie... The story in 21 grams is not told in a linear fashion. Rather, it is pieced together in an order that properly develops the characters and leads you, the viewer, into utter shock over what happens to them. For example, the very first scene of the movie shows Naomi Watts and Sean Penn together in a way that suggests they have a romantic relationship (if you've seen the movie you might understand why I'm being opaque). A few minutes later, you realize they are both married to other people. You will then find yourself wondering how in the world these two found themselves in this situation. Are they having an affair? Were they together before they were married? Where are their spouses? The curiosity you feel is only possible because the story is not told in chronological order. Inarritu and whoever else helped him do this simply did an incredible job of telling this story. It is pure Genious.

Need another good reason to watch the movie? Naomi Watts and the absolutely outstanding job she did in her role as Cristina Peck. It's been 2 months since I've seen the film and I'm still getting chills from her performance. I didn't know it was possible to act as well as she did. Naomi lost out on the academy award to Charlize Theron and her role in Monster in the 2003 Academy Awards. I've only seen clips here and there of Monster, and while I can attest Theron does a remarkable job, Watts probably deserved the award in my book. The emotions she displayed in the movie was like nothing I've ever seen on film.

Oh, and Sean Penn and Benicio Del Toro weren't bad either in the acting department.

You should be aware that there are some rather intense nude scenes in the film, so viewer discretion is obviously advised. Also, if your spouse or friends or whatever are in the mood for a comedy or something, do NOT pick this one up at the video store. Watch it with maybe one or two other people. Here is the trailer:

And I hope I didn't build this thing up so much that you're gonna watch it and be disapointed. That would be lame.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Canon Law

This is fun. I'm in a total 'fight' with two of my classmates right now about our case study in Canon law. I'm not going to state it specifically, but its a question of whether or not we can preside over a certain wedding. I'm arguing that as a Catholic priest, I cannot witness the marriage. Another classmate thinks we can. Still, another thinks we can only with a dispensation. We're pretty much deadlocked and have to present our case tomorrow. But, you'll be happy to know, we are reading the Canon's over and over again and learning them pretty well.

Seriously, before I entered seminary I thought I knew Canon Law pretty well for a lay person, but when you actually have to draft cases and prove your point, its a bit difficult. That being said, I'm totally right on this one!

I am going to add Ed Peters' Canon Law Blog to the tool bar when I get a chance and make a real effort to keep visiting.

Oh, and as soon as I find the announcement for the new Pastoral Assignments in my home diocese, I'll post the link. I know one or two of you are interested in that and have probably heard rumors that a couple well knowns are on the move.

Peace

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Back

I'm back in California after 2 whole weeks back home. Not much to report. March Madness wasn't that fun. Serving the liturgies at my home parish was wonderful. I got sick 3 different times, which ruined some plans. I spent like 10 hours at the downtown starbucks in b'ham studying. I Hung out with a ton of friends. Pretty standard/great break.

Now I'm back with a bunch of homework, awaiting my trip to see the Pope!

Here is a video of that concert I went to and blogged about in my most recent post. This lady sat right behind me, so it gives a pretty good view of exactly what I saw:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Show

Just got back from the Matt Good show in Hollywood. Aside from the Hollywood part it was alright. The reason it wasn't great was because the venue, Hotel Cafe, booked another artist to play at 9:15, which meant that Matt only got a little over an hour to play. But Matt was, as always, great to watch.

I've heard rumors that Matt is a jerk in person. Well, I met him for the second time tonight, and I'm pretty sure the rumors aren't true. Especially since he's been known to wear a shirt that says, "I hear Matt is a real jerk."

The first time I met him I was with a couple of friends from WWU. We went up to Vancouver because he was looking for extras for the "Weapon" video. We got there early, waited around for a couple hours, finally got let in, waited around longer, ate Pizza which Matt bought us for waiting, watched Matt get upset with some people for making us wait longer, waited around a bit more, and finally got told that the shoot got scrapped. We walked over to where he was and introduced ourselves. He apologized (in a humorous fashion which I can't post here) and then let us take a picture with him. It was great. Pizza and Pics with Matt Good. Sure doesn't sound like a jerk to me!

This time was different, but equally non-jerky. I found it hilarious! He definately wasn't mean, but he didn't buy me pizza. I arrived at the venue about an hour or so before the doors opened. About 10 minutes later, he showed up with a couple of his people. He acknowledged my presence with a quick head nod and went inside. After this, we had several extremely short conversations which are awesome (I'm remembering them the best I could... They're pretty close).

Matt: Hey! Are you the guy thats filming the show?
Me: No. I'm just one of your adoring fans.
Matt: Oh. (Walks back inside)

A couple minutes later

Matt with a cigarette: Hey.
Me: Hows your stay been?
Matt: Oh. You know. Sleepin a lot.
Me: Yeah. (pause... then inexplicably and without a purpose) I'm from Bellingham.
Matt: Oh. Right there huh?
Me: Yep.
Matt: Cool (walks away).

A couple minutes later

Matt: Hey is ther anybody back there?
Me: Yeah.
Matt: Oh. Anyone else?
Me: No. You looking for Pete?
Matt: Yeah. He back there?
Me: No.
Matt: Oh. (Re-enters venue)

A couple minutes later:

Matt walks out for another cigarette.
Me: Small place huh?
Matt: Yeah. I haven't had to walk through a crowd to the stage since 92.
Me: (Laughs)
Nobody: Silence.
Me: There only giving you 7 to 9 huh?
Matt: Yeah. Typical LA place.
Me: Yeah! I was supposed to meet a buddy here. We thought the show'd be at 9, but since it starts at 7 he couldn't get off work.
Matt: That sucks (walks back inside).

After this a few other fans started showing up. A lot of really cool people were there. Everyone was talking about how they had heard of Matt Good, since he has found such little fame in the US, or "The States" as some call it. Everyone had the same story. It began and ended with, "Oh. I have this Canadian Friend and he told me to check him out."

Finally we got in. Being the first in, I snagged a table, first row, and off to the side a little bit with my new Matt Good friends I met in the line outside. After watching the entertaining Molly Jensen, Matt was finally on. He was great.

Perhaps I'll write a more in depth review of the show later, but I've gotta finish some homework. In the meantime, Thanks for the good times Matt! Come back to LA soon.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Matthew Good

I've been working overtime to finish my Medical Ethics, Johannine Lit, and Ecclesiology homework to head into LA tomorrow. The Reason???

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Acolyte

I am pleased to announce to you all that I have been called to the Ministry of Acolyte by my bishop. What does this mean? Well, in a nutshell:

"The acolyte is appointed in order to aid the deacon and to minister to the priest. It is his duty therefore to attend to the service of the altar and to assist the deacon and the priest in liturgical celebrations, especially in the celebration of Mass; he is also to distribute communion as a special minister when the ministers spoken of in the Codex Iuris Canonici can. 845 are not available or are prevented by ill health, age, or another pastoral ministry from performing this function, or when the number of communicants is so great that the celebration of Mass would be unduly prolonged. In the same extraordinary circumstances an acolyte may be entrusted with publicly exposing the blessed sacrament for adoration by the faithful and afterward replacing it, but not with blessing the people. He may also, to the extent needed, take care of instructing other faithful who on a temporary basis are appointed to assist the priest or deacon in liturgical celebrations by carrying the missal, cross, candles, etc., or by performing other such duties. He will perform these functions more worthily if he participates in the holy eucharist with increasingly fervent devotion, receives nourishment from it, and deepens his knowledge about it.

As one set aside in a special way for the service of the altar, the acolyte should learn all matters concerning public divine worship and strive to grasp their inner spiritual meaning: in that way he will be able each day to offer himself entirely to God, be an example to all by his gravity and reverence in church, and have a sincere love for the Mystical Body of Christ, the people of God, especially for the weak and the sick."
(Emphasis mine)

From Ministeria Quaedam, the Motu Proprio of Pope Paul VI. This is another step forward in my discernment, the previous step being instituted to the Ministry of Reader back in October.

The institution liturgy will be this saturday at 10:30 am. Please keep me in your prayers.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Old News...

I know this is old news for everyone, but Mike and Kristine (finally) had their baby. Good work you two. I'm praying for you.

God Bless.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

On "Checking Out..."

I have a lot to look forward to in the next few months. Gonzaga's run to the tournament. My visit to New York to see the Pope. Another trip to the east coast to visit family and friends (Boston, New York again, Washington DC, Baltimore). Six weeks in Mexico to study spanish. Easter. My pastoral internship which begins in September. Trips home.

There is just a lot to be excited about.

Its been very easy to check out. This semester is insanely busy, too. Focusing on academics and prayer has been difficult. Sometimes I need a little shot of adrenaline...

I got that adrenaline today in the form of the comments section of Sr. Mary Ann Walsh's response to a guy who thinks the bishops should go to Hell.

Just read these comments!

Here are some of my favorites:

"I feel for these Catholic friends and family. How any thinking Christian can tolerate supporting an institution where the goodness, decency, and moral integrity is DESPITE rather than BECAUSE of the leadership is beyond me. Especially when there are so many alternative places of worship where the teachings of Jesus are more consistently preached and practiced."
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"Whining that someone is disrespecting your religion because he points out your philosophical shortcomings won't work. For further evidence, Sister, peruse the comments posted so far. Nobody's fooled.
Words like "wafer" and "damned" aren't the issue and you know it. Small wonder your numbers are in such steep decline."

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This next one was great, but I'll just post the very end:

"One last note, why don't you research why the catholic church celebrates the sabbath on Sundays, not on Saturdays as, what's his name, oh yes, Jesus did. You'll find it to be another decision formed from hate. The doctrine of this church is so seriously flawed that only the brainwashed remain. For those of you who want to talk of all the good works of the church, I will remind you that those type of remarks are the same ones made by the benficiaries of the social programs of hamas and hezbollah in the Middle East today. Same bait and switch, different religion."
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"The clergy has for centuries promoted a very non-Christian view of sex, inherited from other more primitive patriarchal faiths and traditions. Has this nun forgotten how John Paul II resurrected the ridiculous and certainly not from the teachings of Jesus cult of Mary, the immaculate virgin."
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"The ROMAN catholic church organization in the USA, as elsewhere, has been seeing its membership in decline mode as levels of education climb. This is certainly understandable as people come to understand they ought NOT PARK THEIR BRAIN AT THE FRONT DOOR. The RCC in USA is desperate to increase membership (revenues) so it actively promotes lawbreaking by encouraging and assisting Illegal Aliens, criminals by definition, invade into, and hide in, OUR country. The RCC in the USA likewise promotes the idea women are only babyfactories and ought to have sex early and often so as to produce more potential RCC members. The RCC and the notion of American democratic ideals are at opposite ends of just about any question. democracy is about bottom-up policies, while the RCC is about top-down "stop thinking and do what we say" (not as we do) policies. Vile organization."
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"The Catholic Church still has not apologized to the planet for institutionalizing child molesting. and then attempting to bury the crimes. Sister, you represent some of the lowest life forms on earth. I was born and raised Catholic by nuns. sickos."

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Wonderful stuff, eh? Just a few reasons I've gotta pray and study. I'll end with my favorite quote of all though, from a different perspective than the others.

"I wonder how the Catholic Church will view that failed experiment "the United States" a thousand years from now."

Friday, February 22, 2008

More on Dave

"There are now three generations of people up here who have listened to me. Those are the people I really owe for this honor." - Dave Niehaus

It is great to see so many great thoughts on Dave posted throughout the Mariners blogosphere. Turns out I'm not alone in thinking of Dave as somewhat of an uncle.

Here are a few links:

Prospect Insider's piece is wonderful.

As is Dave's post at USS Mariner.

Jim Caple of ESPN wrote a great piece, with some audio links. Please do yourself a favor and listen them all, but if you don't have time just click "Edgar Martinez's Double vs. Yanks in '95. I get chills everytime I hear it, and I've heard it a lot.

I share the same thoughts. I remember (what seems like) a long time ago when I used to have to go to bed every night before the game ended and would listen to the final few innings on the radio. Dave would always let me know when something big happened, and I'd book it down the stairs just in time to watch the replay with my dad on TV.

What wonderful times.

Go Mariners. Go Dave.

Update: Some awesomeness courtesy of our Japanese friends...

And here's a serious classic, which has some great clips, including Edgar playing some stellar 3rd base, Greg Briley teeing off, and Harold Reynolds playing piano.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Congrats Dave!

Now here is a great story. I can't think of anyone who has meant more to the Mariners than this Man. Edgar? No. Griffey? No. Dave Niehaus? Yup. He has been with the M's during all the good years and bad years and I couldn't be more thrilled that he's going to the hall of fame. Good work Dave. We're lucky to have you.

I tried to find a Youtube video of him giving a call. Couldn't yet, but I did find this hilarious clip from Almost Live. I can't embed it, so here is the link. (Dave is the second guy, not the first).

Monday, February 18, 2008

GO ZAGS!!!!

I'm back home after a boss weekend in Orange County with my best friend who came down for a few days. Now I'm doing a bunch of homework so I can watch the Gonzaga vs. San Diego game with a clean concience.

This one's huge.

Go Zags.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New Title

Changed up the title of this operation here. I was just sick of the old one, which was really just a reference to the Simpsons' character known as Professor Frink.

Don't expect any change in content. It will still mainly be me complaining about Seattle Sports teams and Gonzaga Basketball.

I'll also continue to post this video every chance I get:

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Juno

I went and saw 'Juno' last night. It had been very highly recommended by several friends and has also been nominated for an academy award. It also has a very life affirming message, which I'm always a sucker for. A short synopsis: Juno (Ellen Page) gets pregnant as a Jr. in High School and (after running out of an abortion clinic) tries to find the perfect couple to adopt her baby.


I liked the movie. Is it really up to academy award standards? No. I don't think so. First of all, the whole thing was littered with awkward teen girl speak. This got very annoying very quickly. Also, the neo-folk music being played throughout was terribly annoying. I apologize sincerely if any of the artists come across this post, but it wasn't good. Also, that opening credit animation thing was really dumb. The fact that they were playing the folk music during it made it even worse. I know I'm not the only one who felt this way about these aspects, and I just don't think nominees for best picture of the year should be this annoying.

That being said, this movie had some great qualities. The first of these was the Cast. Ellen Page was a good lead who got better as the movie went on. Michael Cera (Arrested Development) is funny in everything he does. The potential adopting couple played by Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) were also very good in their roles (especially Jennifer Garner, I thought). J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man) was wonderful and I think that all fathers of teenage daughters should watch him play this role and imitate the way he supported his daughter throughout the pregnancy. And if you like "The Office," there was a great little cameo by Rainn Wilson.

The movie also told the story of this pregnant teenager very well. Although both political stances were present, they were also irrelevent to the story. The movie focused on the teenager, her concience and the people around her. The movie was not merely about pregancy, but about a huge range of relationships.

So go see it. Don't expect it to beat out "There Will Be Blood" on Oscar Night, but expect to be entertained, even if slightly annoyed.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Prayers....

First in thanksgiving for this.

Then for Kristine and Mike (see link on right) as their due date is quickly approaching.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Still frustrated...

with the loss.

Mainly, I'm just wondering where the heck this is:


Notice the intensity on Heytvelt's face. I'd love to see this sort of intensity again. The sooner the better.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Gonzaga vs. St. Mary's

If you watched it and are as bummed as I am, just keep watching this:

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday

The NFPs beat the Canon Lawyers 35-23 in our flag football game. Yes, I quarterbacked the NFPs.

I also was fortunate enough to draw the New York 3, New England 7 square in our pool. If you don't know that that means, sorry, I really don't want to go into it. But since that was the score at the end of 2 quarters, I won double $$.

I also won the Madden tournament on Playstation 3.

So, yeah. Good day.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Map of the Problematique

Couldn't think of anything else to title this bit of randomness, so I just decided to name it after this one song I'm really into right now. Its part techno and part rock. (See youtube clip at bottom of page).

But, seriously, Gonzaga just made me doubt their tournament worthiness for most of their game Saturday night. It was pathetic. GU has several guys who should have been able to win this game single handedly. Heytvelt, Pargo, Bouldin, and Downs are better than every single player on that Santa Clara Roster, yet none of them stepped up when we needed them. Instead, two Freshman stepped up. Austin Daye and Steven Gray were the ones who had to pull this one off. Oh, and Brody Angley had to make the most unfortunate play of his career to put Gray on the line with .3 seconds left. GU escaped in the end, but it definately wasn't pretty.

Oh, and FOX is stupid for cutting out 9 minutes worth of overtime.

On the plus side, though, I did see my cousin on TV. On the negative side, she was in the Santa Clara Band. So I guess its not positive at all. Really, I think she's disgraced the family. Good thing she doesn't read this.

Also, I'm learning a lot about Baseball and why my favorite team is going to make me miserable for a long while longer. USS Mariner and Lookout Landing have both been providing extensive coverage on why this Jones for Bedard deal is terrible. Mainly, its because the Mariners are much further away from a Division title than a good pitcher (and Eric Bedard is a very, very good pitcher).

Super Bowl tomorrow. I guess that's good. I've got a free carwash riding on the game if the Pats win. Only thing is I'm not sure if a free Carwash is as good as watching the Giants beat the Pats. I'm definately a fan of Eli and Coach Coughlin, and am extremely happy for the both of them for being where they are right now.

Prior to the game is our own seminary Flag Football game. Its the Canon Lawyers vs. the NFPs (I'll be quarterbacking the NFP's, by the way). My guess is it doesn't happen because its supposed to rain and Californians don't like doin' stuff in the rain.

Anyway, this has gone on long enough, and I have a ton of work to do in order to fully enjoy the Super Bowl Festivities tomorrow.

Oh, here is a link to my field education placement: St. Joseph Center.

Muse, Map of the Problematique...

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

New Classes

Here are the classes I'm taking this semester.

Spanish - I still have no idea what's going on in this class.

Latin - Self explanatory.

Field education seminar - This semester I will be assisting a ministry to the homeless in Venice Beach. Should be interesting. I also have an hour class to learn the art of theological reflection.

Pastoral Psychology - The basics of counseling... what we can do as priests, what we can't do as priests... when to make referrals, etc.

Homiletics - practicing the art of preaching.

Johannine Lit. - The Gospel of John, The book of revelation, the Johannine epistles. Very excited (John is my favorite Gospel).

Ecclesiology - The study of the Church (its mission and structure, etc.).

Canon Law - The law of the Church. You might even define it as Ecclesiology in action.

Healthcare and Catholic Morality - probably going to turn out to be my favorite class.

Should be very busy, especially since my field education takes up a whole day. Oh well...

Here is a video I took this last weekend at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. I obviously attended.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Hey WWU folks...

I recieved a text from Zach... as of 7am this morning, Cheri was in labor. She probably has delivered already, but lets remember her in prayer anyway.

UPDATE: Isaac has a brother! Aidan Xavier! 9lbs 6oz. Both Aidan and Cheri are doing well!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Seahawks are done...

But at least I don't have to sulk about this one. Green Bay just kicked the trash out of us and Brett Favre reminded the world just how tough of a man he really is. Still, how many 20 yard gains should a playoff team give up on third and seven? I don't know, but not as many as the Hawks did.

Not wanting to watch the game alone, I drove down to my favorite Hawk watching spot in LA, Hollywood Billiards, to meet up with a friend. I've talked a lot about how cool this place usually is. Its not nearly as cool when you lose. There were a lot of Hawk fans there, but there were also a lot of Packer fans in attendance. We weren't very well segregated, either. So this video isn't that great, but its a taste of the fun I had this season watching football at this place.
The Packer fan in this video at the beginning drank too much and was a serious Jerk after the game started to get out of hand. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Also, I pan around a bit to try to show the other Hawk fans, but it was too dark. The main problem with this place was that we were too spread out, but I'd say there were probably 70 Hawk fans and 100 Packer fans in this place. So.... whatever.

At least the Zags won.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Hello Again.

Well hello! Thanks for dropping by. Its been quite a while since I last posted. This is mainly due to my fairly awesome Christmas Vacation. Some Highlights? Ok! Not in any particular order:

1) I got some pretty rad Christmas Gifts, but few are as awesome as the gift that my Archbishop gave me. A TRIP TO NEW YORK TO SEE THE HOLY FATHER IN APRIL!!!! Well, he gave it to me and the rest of our seminarians. But that was pretty cool. So, yeah... I'm going to see the pope this April.

2) Playing Rock Band at my old roomate's house on New Years Eve. It's like Guitar Hero, only better.

3) A couple good friends got married (to each other) in Vancouver. Congrats Val and John! BTW... Best. Wedding Food. Ever.

4) After watching these two tie the knot we had to race to Burnaby to watch the Seahawks in their skirmish with the Redskins. There were about 35 of us crammed in this tiny lounge at the Hotel. Go Hawks!

5) Gonzaga Battle in Seattle pre-game. Also blogged about over at La Rev. Basically, my friend got me on this "list" of sorts which got me into the Fox Sports Bar and Grill with the entire Zag team and a few other notables. Here is some evidence:

This first one is of Jud Heathcote.

Second... This is GU coach Mark Few:

Third... Craig Ehlo. You pretty much have to be a regular at the mentioned above La Rev to know how cool this is. Read his post and you might start to understand.

So yeah... that was a great time. We also got a bunch of free food.

6) I got see a lot of family and friends that I miss when I'm in California.

Now, I just got done with my silent retreat, only, I was pretty sick throughout and didn't actually make it to many of the talks/masses/adoration. I mainly just slept. But I'm almost recovered now, so I guess I needed it.

Tomorrow Its all about the Seahawks and the Zags.

Then Sunday its all about the Sabbath.

Then Monday its all about my new schedule. More on that later.

So take it easy and enjoy your weekends!