Archive for August, 2007

movies – Greeks & 3 Amigos

MASS – (Fr Joseph) — Today’s gospel was the parable of “the ten virgins” with lamps awaiting the bridegroom — 5 were foolish (unprepared) and 5 wise (constantly ready).  We are called to constantly be alert, prepared and ready for what the Lord has in store for us. 

Philosophy with Fr SantosMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Quiz today was 15 true & false question with tricky wording.  We reviewed the events of the time that contributed to the Modern Philosophy.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Quiz today was listing philosophy’s “3 major concerns” and “4 major problems” with short explanations.  We discussed “2 ways of understanding” with lots of subcatagories that wrap around my notes.

Me trying to stay awake during a long movieCinema RoomARTS & IDEAS – no Fr Vallee today (vacation) — but we watched a 2.5 hour PBS special on “The Greeks, the Cradle of Civilization” in the cinema room.  We took a break for lunch and finished in the afternoon.

Acolyte practiceACOLYTE TRAINING — the new guys were oriented for serving Mass or reading this afternoon.  I’m serving as Acolyte a the end of the month and haven’t served Mass since 6th grade.

EVENING – watched “The 3 Amigos” — remembering the “singing bush,” “the invisible swordsman” and their trademark demonstration (of a hernia exam).

Rector’s Conf – isms

August 30, 2007 1 comment

Tonight’s “Rector’s Conference” was the 2nd part in a series on Reason, Formation and Relationship with Christ.”  I’m slow at taking down notes, so I welcome corrections or addition.

Atheism vs Theism chart (NOT FROM THE TALK)I.  Intro:  Acts 14:8-18 & Romano Guardini

II.  Atheism vs. Theism
          A.  Alasdiar MacIntyre
          B.  Neitzsche & Kierkegaard
          C.  John Paul II

III.  Rationalism vs. Fideism / Reductionism vs. Dualism

IV.  Reason, Faith and the Beyond

Categories: Rector’s Conference

Vuestra merced

SPANISH 2 – (Dr Jimenez) — reviewed direct & indirect & reflexive pronouns as well as some tricky stem-changing verb conjugations.  Cool fact: “Ustedes” actually comes from “Vuestra merced” = “Your mercy” which is very formal, old and not used today.  — I’ll try to remember to use that when I get stuck answering a question in class.

RECTOR’s CONFERENCE – (Fr Michael) — tonight was part 2 of 3 on a series called, “Reason, Formation & Relationship with Christ.”  (I’ll post some exerpts separate)  Afterwards, the new men met in small groups for dicussions.

Categories: Spanish 2

stained glass & blue mop

Van Gogh's SunflowersMonet's WaterliliesMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we continued with Judeo-Christian thought.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we continued with Greek thought.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — we discussed the stained glass in our Chapel & Cafeteria (I need to take some pictures) as well as slides of various art; including Monet’s Waterlilies, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Rembrandt‘s Prodigal Son Returns, & DaVinci’s Last Supper.

worklist - mop & bucketWORKLIST & HOLY HOUR — today, I was assigned “Sacristy” and mopped the floors again.  Lesson learned: Don’t pick the “blue mop,” because the strands loop around and get stuck on anything protruding from the floor under the pews (like edges, screws, etc.).  — Even though it’s pretty hot inside the Chapel around 2pm, there’s an extra feeling of satisfaction to cleaning the Lord’s house.

Spanish 2 – Intro to OT

Vistas (Spanish textbook)SPANISH 2 – (Dr Jimenez) — from the moment he walked in, the professor spoke Spanish to us for nearly 45 minutes straight, asking question and having us each answer.  I looked around and everyone seemed calm, while I was clicking my heals to “There’s no place like Spanish 1.”  When he finally spoke English and assured us we’d review over the next few classes, my heartrate dropped.  — I need to start reviewing TODAY.

Reading the Old TestamentINTRO to OLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — our class size is so big (30+) that we meet in the library.  We covered “Questioning Skills” (Bloom’s Taxonomy), “What is the Bible?”, “Senses of Scripture” and Letio Divina.  It’s all of stuff because it’s a 2.5 hour class only once a week.  Thank goodness the PowerPoint presentation will be available for us, ‘cuz I can’t write very fast.  I asked a question about using paraphrase Bibles, like “The Message” (that Protestants like a lot) and, as I expected, we shouldn’t use them for Scripture study nor Lectio Divina — since it seriously compromises the “literal sense” of Scripture.  — how ironic that Protestants (who claim “sola scriptura“) would use a “paraphrase” Bible as their point of reference.

Categories: book, Old Testament, Spanish 2

classes begin

SJV Mass - classes beginMASS – (Fr Alvarez) — day one for classes was significant, so I took a picture.  (I forgot what the homily was about — sorry Father)

Modern Philosophy textbookMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we started reviewing the 4 philosophical eras: ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary.  We also started the “3 concerns of philosophy” being God, the world, and the human being.  — it started out simple enough.

Ancient Philosophy texbookANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we started with some Greek philosophers like Socrates, “3 major concerns,” and “4 problems with philosophy” — (1) ultimate reality, (2) permanence vs change, (3) matter vs mind/spirit, and (4) unity vs plurality. — having “Ancient” AFTER “Modern” is going to mess with my head.

Arts & Ideas textbookARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — this is actually a freshman level course that introduces the relationship between art history and philosophy.  We’re going to watch movies like “300” and Star Trek II, Wrath of Khancool.

MINISTERIAL METHODS – (Fr Michael) — this course is an introductory couse to prepare us for our “Apostalic Work” that we’ll be assigned to next year, like teaching CCD, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, and visiting the homebound.  Today we defined a “working” definition for ministry — CHRISTIAN MINISTRY is the public activity of a baptized follower of Jesus Christ flowing from the Spirit’s charism and an individual personality on behalf of the Church to proclaim, serve, and build up the Kingdom of God.” 

Faculty Lunch – bad cannoli

Today was the first time we got to wear our “formal” black suits (every Sunday) for Mass.  Archbishop Favalora came to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit with us.  With another engagement shortly afterwards, he couldn’t stay for our “Faculty Luncheon,” but he did take a picture with all the Miami seminarians (I hope I can get a copy to post here).

cannoli with citrus fruitThe “Faculty Luncheon” was very nice — great food, fancy tablewear, and Faculty announcements with presentation of the Dean’s Awards.  My only complaint was dessert.  I got excited when someone said we’re having cannolis, but after getting one, I noticed it had pieces of citrus fruit in it — that’s a first.  The only thing I’ve had in a cannoli is chocolate chips — they’re great.  But citrus?  — it was ok, but a bit disappointing

Categories: food, special events