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30 January 2011

How has my first month back been you ask?

As I've made no qualms about, I was enjoying very much the weather back at home in Ca before I left back for Pa. Where it's 70 degrees and no snow, it's wonderful. Yes, I'm a fan of hot weather, just in case you haven't noticed.

Adjustment back to schedule hasn't been easy. Though now that I've found this "hell alarm" i can be up at the appointed hours. Being grumpy never sounded so cool :p

Classes have started again...I can honestly say that this semester has gone relatively smoothly so far with the exception of the snow. It's good to look at, walk in not so much.

Went to the march for Life in was quite short and more like a quick climb rather than a walk. It was freezing so i felt all the screws that I have inside me. It was beautiful to see everyone standing up for Life. The San Fran one was a bit more penitential...(and 40 degrees warmer :p)

I will only say continue to pray for me as I'm going through a few trials at this time.


29 January 2011

Some thoughts on Liturgy

a. The TLM is not a cure all for the problems that are in the Church. People leave the Church even with the tradition and the patrimony of the Rite. There is a disconnect between the encounter with the Most Holy Trinity and the living out in our lives. The Mass is supposed to transform us. We've all got a ton of work to do in this regard. (Especially myself). Nor do I really think any Traditionalist thinks this in their hearts (they act like it for sure, no doubt). What's really going change the world is the reconnection with the Liturgy in our lives and how we live out the Gospel, this part is missing from "Save the Liturgy, Save the World" Once this happens the World will be transformed.

b. Clarity is something that will be needed. Genuflect when not at Mass, bow to the altar even though the Tabernacle is in the center of the Church. (GIRM 274)...why not a both and solution...First bow to the Altar then genuflect to the Tabernacle (because quite frankly it looks smoother)...alas Joe that makes too much sense :p

c. Bridge the disconnect between Liturgy and Life, and Save the World :)

23 January 2011

Pro-Life and a few thoughts.

a. The quiet witness is more effective in pro-Life outreach. Those that I've known that have converted to the pro-Life side have been swayed because of the quietness and the acts of love shown towards them...not the condemning to hell that some people do.

b. Yes, I finally get to go to the DC MFL. I've wanted to go for years, but couldn't afford I get to go, woot :D

c. Perception isn't always reality. Sometimes, you try and trust, and things still go wrong...tends to happen every once in a while.

d. Basis excite me...enough said...okay, that was a math geek reference, but who cares :p

19 January 2011

From the mind of class

a. To love someone is to be able to be affected by a person

As I heard these words in class, my first thought wasn't what you'd think my first thought would be. My first thought went back to my vacation at home.  And I thought to a particular moment in time. (No, not going to allude to it). Truly everyone that I encountered at home, I love...(well, MOST everyone)

b. When Liturgies are cut off from their source, they're self contained.

It doesn't matter whether it's the TLM or Vernacular Liturgy. It's about the Trinity. If we lose sight of that. All things are pointless. If the reverence and the execution of ritual doesn't unveil that mystery, indeed there is a problem.

18 January 2011

Turn down the volume, I can't hear silence

Speeding along the highway at 100 mph,
Then there's an assembly of horns honking for miles
There's an accident on the other side of the highway
People stare for miles
Hours pass and I finally get past it
And then road construction closes off the highway
The detour takes forever and goes through dangerous areas
There's an inn along the way, in which I stay and be comfortable.
I must reach my destination...alas I must get up and continue
But when I look outside there's a snowstorm blocking the inn and my way of travel
And being from Ca, I don't shovel snow.
..And so I trust when it melts that I'll be able to go.

17 January 2011

15 January 2011

How I will be updating the blogroll

simply by a link to your blog...if I don't have it (and that's likely the case)...just comment and I'll follow it to put the link on my blog here...(too much work to try and sit and remember every blog I linked :p)

14 January 2011

A look forward to this semester...

Or not..

a. If on Tues and Fri, there will be 4 straight classes. :(...Constantly having to shift thinking styles is a huge burden. (For those of you wondering how I shifted between math and physics, it wasn't that difficult, I taught similarly for both classes, as well as I think similarly for both subjects). The subjects aren't really similar at this point, so it's going to be interesting to see how i'll handle it.

b. I was hoping to have good Sister for Latin, not so much, we'll see how that goes.

c. I ask for prayers...I'm seriously going to need them.

May 1st is the date...

For the beatification of soon to be Bl. John Paul II. Now I'm happy and everything don't get me wrong here...

Is it wrong of me to think that there's still a bit of cult of personality left over from all of nearly 6 years ago when he passed away? I know that information can be quickly processed, but I don't really think that 6 years is enough time to be objective towards a person, memories are still fresh in peoples' minds.

Maybe I'm just a bit cynical that his fame overshadowed his holiness (which i have no doubt about). Lest we think being a Saint is about being perfect, in all of the Saints, we can find something (or many things) that they did wrong in their lives, this does not take away from the objective holiness that a Saint had.

I submit to Holy Mother Church when it comes to these matters esp. when my personal opinion differs...there's nothing wrong with one more person in the heavenly army coming to my aid, I need all the help I can get.

13 January 2011

Living life crazy loud, like I have the right to

You're probably all wondering how my first vacation back home went...While I will not be telling you all the details of what happened, I'll give you a synopsis of some themes that occured during my vacation.

a. I'm actually appreciated.

I haven't heard this much support of me in many years from anyone. It's almost as if I get used to being attacked and am constantly on seek and destroy mode of whomever to me. I've had former students come up to me and tell me how appreciative they were of me and the things that I did for them. It especially felt good when one of the girls I've helped through rough times caught me at Church and said a simple thank you for all that you've done for me. I of course don't teach or do anything for appreciation, but it's nice to know that I am :)

b. They only make one of you.

Between my near hundreds of lunch dates that I had with various people, there was not enough time in the world to see everyone I wanted to see. (But I got to see everyone I truly needed to see). Another friend of mine also recognized this. Some people got to see me more than others, and that's alright, there's always May.

c. Nothing quite says I love you like a sore back

To which I was able to see my adorable niece and nephews and they climbed all over me (and indeed that's where my sore back comes in). I really do love them, It's hard to say no to their smiles and I'm always happy when they run and give me hugs. (Now to find a good masseuse)

  1. There are some that just don't believe you

Even when you tell them you're a s seminarian, have an ID to prove it. Apparently there are some that think I like to play dress up. It's funny, I thought I wasn't supposed to be in cognito on Church grounds. Oh well. (Good thing this wasn't my parish)

e. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Just when you thought things were taking a turn for the better with a new Church, and new vessels. The Precious Blood is STILL poured after the consecration. Though at least they've made an upgrade to a gold pitcher instead of glass now. Half Woot!

f. All it takes is to see the look in someone's eyes.

And a warm embrace to never want to let go and freeze moments in time. insert melted heart

g. The weather in Ca is CLEARLY better than Philly

It doesn't even matter if it's raining on a torential downpour on your date of arrival home. It's still better. :D. Give me 60 and Rain over 30 and cold any day of the week. Just pray I don't slip and fall on the way home. 

h. You can go back home again

And things be the same. Somehow it's thought that who I am would be changed, it hasn't, lol. I still have a ridiculously twisted sense of humor, love to teach, and am just a total geek at heart. (I even have a button to prove it :D

  1. I really didn't

Want to go back, leaving home is always difficult. I really wanted to soak up the sun...

j. God's will be done

And not my own...bring on semester 2 of Seminary.


a. Apologies to Emmy, we totally forgot (or rather ran out of time) to do the lay exorcism of the so called Catholic school.

b. Apologies to  Natalie, Shana, Josh, Isaac, Adrian, and anyone else that I didn't get to see during my vacation.

c. I'm not sorry for any trouble or mischief that I caused while I was gone :D

09 January 2011

Who am I...

a. To listen to you when you don't even follow the rubrics of Holy Mother Church. How do you expect me to be obedient to you, when you yourself aren't obedient to the rubrics of Holy Mother Church. God forbid that I dress like I'm SUPPOSED to when I go to Mass :)

b. To deserve any attention. I'm not doing anything out of the ordinary. I'm merely replying to the invitation, to which I don't know whether I'm going to accept it or not. I hide because I don't like the attention, I really don't

c. To be loved greatly. I hardly deserve such love. But for learned geeks, love is a good thing :)

08 January 2011

The champs are dead

Seattle won...41-36...I take back my saying they didn't deserve to be in the playoffs. Miracles still happen


for Rep Giffords of Arizona, that she may have a speedy recovery and restoration of health. She apparently got shot at point blank range...I wonder how she voted on SB 1070?

07 January 2011

The week in news...

a. The 112th Congress...

What a breath of fresh air compared to Pelosi et co. References to LENT, and expression of humility from the new Speaker of the House. Let us pray for this congress that they do not get consumed by power and actually hold to what they say.

b. Muslims attacking Christians in various places.

The only good Muslim is a lukewarm Muslim. Period :). They're imitating Muhammad who killed and raided others. God love those that are trying to change Islam into a more peaceful religion (I know that there are some trying), it's an uphill battle which will be lost because of the contradictions to the Koran. Change in this behavior will only happen when the clerics from Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq will condemn such behavior (and MEAN IT). These are the real people that are in "control" of Islam so to speak. All of these attacks are calculated and occurring with one purpose, to wipe Christians off the face of the Middle East.

c. Slowhio State University

escaped, and should have lost that game. I just can't root for them, EVER!

d. Rich Rodriguez

Was never going to work at Michigan. Cold weather does not work for high flying offense, sorry.  Running and being a power team works much better. Good luck finding a new coach.

e. Your prayers

Are asked for the repose of the soul of my cousin's husband. As well as for myself, I'm going through a bit of a trial on my vacation.  Thank you!

04 January 2011

Oh yes...

I almost forgot to welcome all of you from my other blog Verbum Veritatis.

The other blog will be used for my "homiles" from my Oral Comm class next semester and in the future...This blog will be more general commentary on things.

As you can tell, i'm a math geek (and yes, I can tell you what all those formulas in the background are)...(once a math geek, always a math geek)

Just like my past blogs, don't expect me to be PC about anything :D

And yes, Joseph Therese will be the name that I take if God wills that I be in Religious Life

03 January 2011

How in the world?

a. The Seahawks make the playoffs?

The Seattle Seahawks won their division at 7-9...

The NY Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers went 10-6 and are just like me watching the playoffs on their flat screen tv in HD.

Is it me or does making the playoffs with a losing record sound a bit whack? It's just like a guy in a company that lost a billion dollars in profit getting a promotion. It just makes no sense. The NFC west is a joke division, sorry they're just not that good. When the best team is 7-9, something ought to be done ;)

b. did my last 4 best friends get doubleganed into one person.

Really, it's scary how much a friend of mine reminds me of each of them with her mannerisms. Not like I prayed for this either, (I didn't). It's almost as if someone took the qualities I admire in each of them, and placed them in this one me a bit to think about...

c. is someone able to say that "he doesn't involve himself the parish"

When this person does more than what's asked of him. Is the fact that this person is actually doing what he's called to do scary? This person has always bowed to your every command, and this is how you treat him. I can't believe you'd do that to him (wait, actually, I can, it happened to me, nevermind)...never has it depressed yet encouraged me so much to see a friend of mine carry his cross.

d. did I not find these songs earlier...

Dark Carnival-Vanessa Carlton, I love the melody and the total darkness theme to the song. (I believe in the whole, why put on your headlights in total daylight theory). So glad I went to Megan's blog and found this playlist thingy :)

A year without rain-Selena Gomez, "every min no matter what i do, my world is an empty place, like i've been wandering the desert for a 1000 days, don't know if it's a mirage, but I always see your face" That speaks to a ton of images that go on in my head...too personal for blogging.

02 January 2011


Verse 1:
(And i pray)
I just can't sleep tonight,
knowing that things ain't right.
It's in the papers, it's on the TV,
it's everywhere that i go.
Children are crying, soldiers are dying,
some people don't have a home.

Pre Chorus:
But i know there's sunshine behind that rain,
I know there's good times behind that pain (hey)
Can you tell me how i can make a change?

I close my eyes, and i can see a better day,
I close my eyes and pray.
I close my eyes and i can see a better day,
I close my eyes and pray.

Verse 2:
I lose my appetite, knowing kids starve tonight
Am I a sinner? Cause half my dinner,
Is still there on my plate.
Ooh i got a vision, to make a difference,
and it's starting today.

Pre Chorus:
Cause i know there's sunshine beyond that rain,
I know there's good times beyond that pain

[ From: ]

Heaven tell me i can make a change.

I close my eyes, and i can see a better day,
I close my eyes and pray. (yeee)
I close my eyes and i can see a better day,
I close my eyes and

I pray for the broken-hearted,
I pray for the life not started.
I pray for all the ones not breathing,
I pray for all the souls in need.
I pray, can you give em one today?

Pre Chorus:
I just can't sleep tonight,
Can someone tell me how to make a change?

End Chorus:
I close my eyes, and i can see a better day,
I close my eyes and pray, (Ooh)
I close my eyes and i can see a better day,
I close my eyes and i pray, (ooh)
I pray, I pray
I close my eyes and pray.

How in the world did Justin Bieber sing THIS? Really? Ugh, I'm just going to pretend that he does not sing this song and like it anyway. 

ya know what

I don't celebrate days 4 days early. Today is St Therese's Birthday :)...I learned that you're not supposed to ask a woman's age, so I won't tell you.

01 January 2011

Reflections on 2010...The world at large.

a. The beginning and the end we're exactly the same.

The way that the year began is something I'd rather forget or put behind me. Well, so much so I'm not even going to mention it.

I was reminded of a particular cross that my friend has to carry the other day. It brought me down seeing him suffer in this way. (I ask that you pray for him). To see my friend being taken advantage of and used...reminded me of a few years ago when I was in a similar situation as him at the exact same place. In all things providence, and if there's not a cross, then it's not the right place.

b. Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus..

Seriously, I just wish they'd disappear off the face of the earth. All of them annoy me, I want to punch all of them in the face. (I know it's totally not Christian, but they all deserve it). Ya know how some people just have the "it" factor. They're apart of it. And some of you may ask, how in the world did a JB song make it to my playlist above? Answer, the very Catholic tone of the song in praying for the dead. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. 2010 was the year of Bieber, no Bieber fever for me :D

c. Rachel's Confirmation

 I was humbled and honored to be the Confirmation sponsor for my friend Rachel. She's a teenager who reminds me that not all is lost with the next generation (just the majority). I'm ridiculously humbled that she'd choose sinful me to be her sponsor. It is a privelege to watch her grow in her faith and grow as a person. Seeing her transition from Catholic school to public school is a grace. I love her and am willing to do anything for her well being. A spiritual child to me. <3

d. The Zero, The so called govenator and politics in general...

The Zero probably needed a teleprompter to tell him today was the beginning of the new year. Of course he also needed it to speak to 6th graders. The arrogance of the guy puts that kid who knew it all at a new level...That know it all kid doesn't seem so bad now does he? People are seeing what happens when liberalism gets out of control and put an end to it rather quickly.

e. My 2 biggest challenges...

Writing a letter forgiving my ex best friend of her wrongs was difficult. The wounds that are on my heart are difficult to heal. But where I lack, the grace of God takes care of what is missing. Trusting God is a difficult thing, and I pray for the grace to continue.

f. No regrets

In all things providence, in all things, love. I regret not anything that has happened. All the things we go through we go through them for a reason.

g. What I"m looking forward to

The new challenges that come with a new year. I look forward to the growth of my friendships and my love for God. I ask for your prayers.

Pax vobis.