Archive for October, 2007

OLD crib

October 31, 2007 Leave a comment

rainbow over St Raphael ChapelThis morning, on the way to breakfast, we saw a FULL RAINBOW over the main Chapel.  What’s at the end?  Probably the new Pre-Theology “off-campus” housing that we’re moving into TOMORROW, weather permitting.  I took some pictures of my current shared quarters.
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acorn + Halloween

October 31, 2007 Leave a comment

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hume on “causality” (3)

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — acorn seed (potentiality) vs tree (actuality)

HALLOWEEN PARTY — pumkin carving contest, bobbing for apples, pie (spagetti) eating contest, & costume contest.  Great! 

Panama food nite

October 30, 2007 4 comments

SJV Panama food nightSJV Panama food nightCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today’s theme was “Panama.”  Since there’s only 2 Panamanian seminarians here, a few of us (“honorary Panamanians“) helped Chef Ramon & Chef Randy to cook some great food, drinks and desert from Panama.  They also showed a video on the “Panama Canal.”  Lots of work … lots of Rum … lots of fun … and (again) lots of work. — I don’t know how the staff cooks 3 meals everyday for 70+ of us — God bless ’em!
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October 29, 2007 Leave a comment

OkraMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hume on the “world” — what is “okra“? — describe it

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Aristotle — modes of “being”

DOTS — roomie

“book” + clay ashtray – “J”

October 28, 2007 Leave a comment

Lion King - father & sonMASS – (Fr Michael) — the main Chapel was FULL today for the “Father & Son” retreat for Columbus High School nearby.  I was serving with “Book,” which means a lot to do, but I did alright.  The homily was, not surprisingly, about the relationship between Father and Son (with a “clay ashtray).

NIGHT PRAYER — baseball hats – lost a seminarian today [J]

Divine Mercy Mass

October 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Divine MercyMASS — today, the Miami seminarians were asked to serve/join Miami Auxiliary Bishop Estevez’s Mass for the spanish Divine Mercy Conference going on this weekend including some Sisters from Polish Saint Faustina’s order. A beautiful service. — I left my camera phone in my room … the pictures would have been nice.

Serra Club dinner

October 26, 2007 Leave a comment

Serra Club dinner - foodSerra Club dinner - foodTonight, 13 of us Miami seminarians helped the Serra Club fundraising dinner near Coral Gables.  Fr Vallee and Chef Ramon cooked a dynamic 2 course meal with desert for $$$ per plate.  Auxiliary Bishop Noonan and Vocations Director Fr Manny were present to thank all who gave toward the funding efforts for the new Pre-Theology housing that the seminary recently purchased.  We helped with parking (in the rain), serving food, cleaning, washing dishes, drying dishes and ate some “costly food.”  — Lots of work … and lots of fun … brotherhood in action!
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Fr Omar + icons

October 25, 2007 Leave a comment

Fr Omar explaining iconsTonight, instead of a “Rector’s Conference,” we had an “Academic Conference” presentation by Fr Omar about religious icons & iconography.  A great insight into the background and creation of icons with various samples to see.  We’re currently studying them in “Arts & Ideas” with Fr Vallee, where we’ll need to write a 3-5 page reflection paper on an icon of our choosing.  — I should start looking.
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DOTS — Spanish vocab quiz — salmon burger — “Black Hawk Down

metaphysics + new & unique

October 24, 2007 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Alvarez) — “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hume … practical vs abstract philosophy.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Aristotle … 4 types of “metaphysics.”  — reading him IS like “chewing sandpaper.”

WORKLIST — bathrooms + dust + mop

HOLY HOUR – (Fr Alvarez) — even if you’re doing something you’ve done before, every experience is new & unique.

DOTS — pancakes — tuna burger — ice cream

sister visit

October 23, 2007 1 comment

SPANISH – (Dr Jimenez) — I don’t know how I got an 88% on the chapter 12 test, but I’ll take whatever I can get to keep my head above aqua.

Old Testament classOLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — we reviewed previous material and covered Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy.

SISTER VISIT — since my sister was in town visiting, she came by the seminary and spent time with all the seminarians for Evening Prayer (Vespers) and Dinner (“Savannah, Georgia Night“).  Coldstone’s Ice Creamery for desert!

Lauds + angel icons + Daily Examen

October 22, 2007 Leave a comment

NEW MORNING SCHEDULE — starting today, we’re doing Morning Prayer (Lauds) together (instead of “on our own“) before Mass everyday.  It’s a revision to our regular schedule, but it shouldn’t affect it too much.  — my breakfast time is critical.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — today we start David Hume.  He’s supposed to be easier and more relevant to us.  — we’ll see about that.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — today we start Aristotle.  According to Fr Vallee, reading Aristotle is “like chewing sandpaper.”  — whatever that means?

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — we reviewed some slides of various angel icons.  I didn’t realize the significance of each color.

MINISTERIAL METHODS – (Fr Michael) — the next part of our semester will focus more on person reflection of our ministry.  Today we learned how to do a “Daily Examen” of St Ignatius of Loyola.  For next week, we have an assignment to write a 3-5 page reflection paper on any aspect of the Church documents we’ve studied so far regarding the laity.

PRE-THEOLOGY MEETING — all the Pre-Theology guys met with Fr Michael to discuss status of the new off-campus housing for us 12 guys.  It looks like we’ll be moving in the next couple of weeks.

V-O-L-L-E-Y-B-A-L-L — the greatest way to return to seminary life … an evening of VOLLEYBALL.  — Heroes” will have to wait.

Miami bowls

October 21, 2007 Leave a comment

After our retreat ended with morning Mass, the “Miami guys” had an outing to the Dolphin Mall.  We ate dinner, went bowling and hung out.  — great time (I actually bowled a 149)
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Navy SEALs retreat

October 20, 2007 Leave a comment

St John Vianney College SeminaryToday’s silent retreat was led by Fr Peter, a Dominican priest from the New England area.  Using the analogy that seminary training is like Navy SEAL training, we had 5 sessions, each highlighting essential aspects of the priesthood.

Navy SEAL training1.  Holy Eucharist is the center of our lives.

2.  Virtues of “generosity & self-sacrifice” are essential for true “fatherhood.”

3.  Virtue of “truthfulness” must be lived and preached.

4.  “The sanctity & dignity of human life” must be preached, especially now.

5.  Our prayer life should include (1) the Blessed Sacrament and (2) a devotion to Mary.   

break over + retreat begins

October 19, 2007 Leave a comment

Tonight, I’m back in seminary … mid-semester break is over.  Tonight, we also begin a 3-day silent retreat until Sunday morning Mass.  Compline (night prayer) @ 10pm … got to go!  — Be holy!

St Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie or Weston, FL

October 18, 2007 9 comments

Today, on mid-semester break, I went to St Bonaventure Catholic Church to pray in their chapel.  I caught the end of their school childrens’ Mass with lively music (like “South to the NORTH!”) and a presentation for “Hispanic Heritage Month.”  — nice Mass, but I didn’t recognize the Eucharistic Prayer for concecration … there must be a “children’s liturgy” I don’t know about.
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After asking 3 people, I finally found the chapel for a holy hour. Very spacious, beautiful altar, stained glass and a side area with Mary & candles.
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Bishop funeral @ Cathedral

October 17, 2007 1 comment

Bishop De Paoli funeral MassToday was the funeral Mass for Archbishop Ambrose Battista De Paoli, Priest of the Archdiocese of Miami and Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, at St Mary’s Cathedral.  A beautiful Mass with bishop from the Vatican, pastors & priest (local & from abroad), religious and more.

just chillin’

October 16, 2007 Leave a comment

Trying to do as little as possible today.  But I do need to review more Spanish.

WEB SURFING — found a blog post by a Protestant author reflecting on demonic activities in An Exorcist Tells His Story by Gabriele Amorth.  He sounds very open to conversion.

TV — catching up on some “Office” & “Bionic Woman” episodes online from the NBC website.  Watched “The Unit” & “Cane” tonight.

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St Katherine Drexel Parish, Weston, FL

October 16, 2007 2 comments

St Katherine Drexel Church chapel, Weston, FLSt Katherine Drexel Church chapel, Weston, FLToday, while on mid-semester break, I went to St Katherine Drexel Parish in Weston for daily Mass.  At 8:15am the Deacon led Morning Prayer and then did a Communion Service at 8:30am.  A beautiful chapel to spend some time in.

St Bernadette Parish chapel, Hollywood, FL

October 15, 2007 Leave a comment

St Bernadette chapel, Hollywood, FLSt Bernadette chapel, Hollywood, FLToday, on mid-semester break, I spent some time at my home parish chapel at St Bernadette in Hollywood, FL.

home parish visit

October 14, 2007 Leave a comment

St Bernadette Youth Mass ushersToday, while on mid-semester break, I stopped by my home parish @ St Bernadette in Hollywood.  I visited the afternoon RCIT (high school Confirmation preparation) class to discuss vocations & life in the seminary to almost 20 teens.  I joined them for the 6pm Youth Mass, with teen ushers, readers and more.  A great home visit!