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21 June 2011

it's time to make the world a better place...

By going off for no apparent reason...

a. Is it really that hard...

To offer Mass by the books, REALLY? God forbid the offertory take a whole 30 seconds longer to pour the wine into the chalices before consecration. Why should I obey, when you don't? Wasn't Christ Obedient unto death? So much for letting Christ shine through your actions. Quite frankly, if the choice comes between irreverent Mass and staying at home, I'm choosing staying at home, Masses are a near occasion of sin for me, I end up ridiculously angry, I've tolerated enough crap, NO MORE!...and alas, the economy prevents me from escaping to TLM every week.

b. Shut it...

On the following: The economy (yeah, it sucks), Lady Zero's fat crusade (get the heck off my tv screen), Fr Corapi (he's still a priest until he's been laicized officially by his Bishop),  It's all repetitive information, tell me something I don't know.

c. Speaking of Fr Corapi...I have a few him.
i. The life of a priest is difficult, it is the Cross made real daily. Don't back away just because of a perceived in-justice. Trust and you will be cleared.
ii. I moved across the country to join a religious order, knowing absolutely NO ONE, no idea what I was up for, only to be told no, be forced to move back across the country, and effectively have to start from ground zero again. Do you think I was content? I wasn't, still am not, and probably won't be so for a while. This process is still difficult, do me a favor, think before jumping.
iii. Cults of personality are a bad thing, whenever they appear do what you can to deflect them. They build into our egos (which are bad enough). It's not about you, and you know this, it's difficult, but you must.
iv. Don't want to live in community? Fine, leave the order, but no need to leave the priesthood. I pray for you, you pray for me.

d. A few kind words of thanks:
i. To my former SD who will be moving back to Nigeria next week. For showing me the example of how to live the Cross daily.
ii. To Mrs. Makarova, who has been helpful in bringing back to my mind the things of physics I forgot
iii. To all of my former students that I've ran into over the past few months, for reminding me how much I am needed.

e. Why haven't you been blogging?
i. The energy to blog has not been there since about February give or take. I've been worn out and still need more time to recover, I was oddly compelled to write today.
ii. I've been working on my teaching credential to teach maths and physics. Test July 9ths.
iii. That said, i have been reading some blogs, not commenting though, keeping a VERY low profile.

f. On matters of sports.
i. I'm glad that Dallas won the NBA finals. Rooting for LeBrick James is like rooting for Obamacare to pass, just no way I can do it. That and I can't stand arrogant fools.
ii. My Mariners are playing well :), I totally did not expect this.
iii. Women's world cup: Go USA

g. On matters of the heart.
i. I feel that I have to go to the bottom before I can start up. I start from ground zero up. This includes spiritually. For those of you that miss me at YA Events, I'll try to make it out to the upcoming events.
ii. Break-ups are painful, leaving the order has been, continues to be, and will be painful for quite a while. I don't take things well, get over things easily, or forget anything that happens, and that's just how it is.
iii. That trip to Russia has been postponed no thank you to Jury duty being scheduled the week before I'm scheduled to bounce this country and head to Russia. You bet I'm going to take it out on the court system :D
iv. I don't want to play games. God is going to have to drag me directly if He wants me, otherwise, it's back to being a mathematician and a physicist and teaching students and the whole 15 kids named in order after the Saints in the Roman Canon. (Yes, I'm speaking 3/4ths truth to this statement)
v. There are certain people I'd pursue if they were ready to be pursued, that is all. Otherwise, the potential for marriage lives an 11 hour time difference.

h. New things...
i. The new shows other than Good Luck Charlie (with the adorable little baby Mia Talerico) on Disney channel suck. They pretty much hit their last home run with this show, and don't need to take away Wizards of Waverly Place. Is it me, or is it hard to find good young actresses?
ii. I think we need to re-establish a culture of failure, every one's been told they can do anything, when they can't..EG: Bieber, Black, need I say more?

i. Problems that are self-inflicted
a. Don't complain to me about you being're the one that decided to have the kid, not my fault you couldn't keep your legs closed ;). God forbid you have to keep yourself under control.
b. It's probably a good idea when you're getting out of a traumatic event to take time away to reflect, not immediately jump to the next thing. (or person). Especially if there's a friend you were supposed to go out with had he not gotten hit by a car...just sayin'
c. Zero, ATM's have been around for a long time, they weren't invented in 2008 or anytime during the previous administration. They're not responsible for any job loss at all.

j. Conclusion
a. Pray for me, I need it.
b. I should go get a drink or 3.
c. Pax Vobis

24 May 2011

I'm baaaaaaaack

After a month of technical difficulties, i'm back to blogging, I guess it's been a while since I've last blogged or have had anything worth while saying.

Fact of the matter is since the "break-up" (aka religious life not working out for me) I have not had the energy to sit and blog about anything at all. Yes, I've thrown a few self-pity parties (Megan and Rachel will know exactly what I'm talking about). I have not made much mention of my personal sufferings (and still won't)...but I will tell you a little bit of what's going on before I make commentary on things.

a. I'm working on my teaching credential for math and physics.
b. I'm actually going to get my physics book published after I do a fresh re-write.
c. Yes, I've been going to Mass and making use of the Sacraments, in spite of the difficulty.
d. I ask prayers for my current SD, as he will be moving soon, and I will need to find a new one.
e. I will be teaching Confirmation II at St Joseph's in Pomona, and Confirmation I at St Therese in Alhambra
f. Let me go ahead and answer speculation and say, "no" I'm not entering back into religious life.

Now that I've said the above, let me make some comments on things.

a. I've stopped paying attention to the news, at this point, I really don't care. Zero's destroying the economy, gas prices are crap, and the NFL still is in labor dispute.
b. The world didn't end on the 21st, what part of NO MAN knows the time, and hour, not even the Son, but only the Father in heaven do people not get? It's in the Bible, I swear almost as if people don't read. (Oh wait.....)
c. The Lakers lost, they deserved it for playing like crap and acting arrogantly
d. Long live our Holy Father, he continues to amaze me, God is really at work through him.
e. My desires of being a priest have been effectively destroyed by a high pressure water hose, I have zero intent of going back to Religious Life. (And for those of you about to say, Oh Joe, it wasn't the right order, or go diocesean, let me remind you that I take things deeply and personally regardless of intent, even if I don't show my cards)
f. With e said, there's a few potential Mrs. JT. Keep them in prayer.
g. My Russia trip is being postponed a month due to me having to buy a new mac.
h. Bad Liturgy has been spiritually draining on me since my return home.
i. I'm going to however, be doing podcasts..will tell you my user name and all that later.

I humbly ask that you keep me in prayer...I don't know how often I'll be blogging from this point forward, we'll see.

Pax Vobis

Joseph Therese

07 April 2011

Rants in a sentence Spring Edition

a. since I'm single...I can speak to whomever I wish :)
b. Church issues aren't black and white always. One good thing about the Church post Vat II, is that they're not as quick to swing the condemnation stick. 
c. For the record, I like a ton of people, but love very few. 
d. I do have patience, but I'm not going to waste my time if it's not going to work. I'm all about productivity and getting things done. 
e. Vengeance and retribution may be God's, I just speed it along
f. Relationships in of themselves aren't evil, just not a fan when it's my heart that gets stepped on in the process. 
g. Reading my mind, don't try it, if you want to know what I think, ask...(of course I'm not obligated to speak it)
h. Archbishop Gomez can't change things patient. 
i. Nothing gets invalidated by change in circumstance. 
j. yes, i do use my memory against you when I can, what of it?
k. Country music rocks, I don't care what you say
l. Being traditional doesn't mean you have to be a jerk about it. 
m. I anticipate failure. hence why there's so many back up lans.
n. 4 of my friends are in relationships I don't particularly care for. 1 bothers me more than anything that the particular person realizes.
o. Yes, guys and girls can be friends without any romantic interest between the 2 parties
p. If you were in my shoes you'd be as angry as I am.
q. These annual rants in a sentence are sponsored by Congress, stealing power since 1776

05 April 2011

25 March 2011

A blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation

The Annunciation is one of my favorite days on the Calender. We get to Genuflect at the Creed, and also my favorite prayer (the Angelus) revolves around the Annunciation and the Incarnation.

I'm thinking a big t-bone steak in honor of Our Lady today :)

I love when Solemnities occur on Fridays during Lent :)

23 March 2011

Some thoughts

a. Guilt until proven innocent..

All the major blogs are commenting on the Fr Corapi situation. Whatever happened to innocence until proven guilty. Oh wait, he's a Catholic priest, he had to have violated the vows. (note sarcasm). We freak out because of the minority that do mess things up for the majority all the time, but this is ridiculous. Lest you think I'm being biased, the same principle applies to the TSA and virtually every American Law on the books. The system is flawed...though that's an argument for another day.

b. Going to Mass

Has been the most difficult thing for me to do, though I have been going. I'm still trying to recover from not being in seminary anymore, and the fact that I'm not with the religious order. The pain is often a bit too much at times. There are various situations which do not make this any easier. I ask for your continued prayers as I attempt to adjust to "normal life."

c. Libya

I really think the occupant in the White House hasn't read the Constitution. Even the left knows you must ask Congress before declaring war. Ya know something, since he's not following the Constitution, I think he should be impeached. Of course that'd make sense, so that's never going to happen.

d. Japan'ed out

I feel for the victims of the earthquake, I live in earthquake central, only in Ca do we have a parish named San Gabriel de los trembles. But after a certain amount of time, I get annoyed with hearing things. The same for Justin Bieber and Michelle Obama invading Disney Channel

e. the NCAA tourney

My brackets are busted...enough said

f. Good news...

I'm working to obtain my credential to teach math and physics on high school level. In what I'd like to call a "once in a lifetime opportunity" My old physics teacher from HS is retiring, and I may get the job replacing him since I'm an alumni.  I should probably get my crazy resume of teaching together or something like that.

g. Travel to Russia

I'm quite fascinated with Russian culture, I of course will be traveling to Russia very soon. (and by soon, I mean the moment I obtain $ 1000 )

h. Archbishop Gomez

Will be at St Therese Parish tomorrow in Alhambra, guess who's gonna show up...or try not to get caught in traffic

Pray for me and God bless

15 March 2011

Catholic Media Promotion Day

I've been running around protesting today, so I haven't really posted on this...

Short and sweet

3 Fav blogs

1. Fr Z-The Latin is just so much just is.

2. Acts of the Apostasy-humor, orthodox, I always get a kick out of this blog

3. Dymphna's Road-frank and honest commentary, love her blog. Though sadly when I was in Va, I didn't get to meet her, oh well, next time.

2 fav Catholic links

1. The Vatican-self explanitory

2. Zenit-good news summary

3. Catholic culture-I like some of the articles

My own work

My blog here...Thanks for reading in spite of the lack of posts. It's been a tough adjustment to the real world. I'm thankful for the friends that I've made through the blog world, as well as in real life.

Pax Vobis