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Leo X + Pieta + Las Culebrinas

November 30, 2007 1 comment

Michelangelo's Pieta

MASS – (Fr Joseph) — Andrew the Apostle — known as the introducer. 

NO PHILOSOPHY CLASSES — Fr Santos is out of town.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — modern philosophersRenaissance popes Sixtus IV (Sistine Chapel), Alexander VI (Borgianepotism), Julius II (warrior) and Leo X (Medici). Michelangelo‘s Pieta.  Our chapel’s murial — zodiac references.

Las CulebrinasLas CulebrinasMIAMI DINNER — today Fr Manny took all the Miami seminarians out to dinner to a fancy local Cuban restaurant Las Culebrinas.  Great food and even better desert.

DOTS — “bread shark” — grass smell

must read Bible

November 30, 2007 Leave a comment

Bible = sharp knifeI stumbled upon this graphic while looking for a grocery list [it’s my new Pre-T house job to keep food stocked].  It instantly reminded me of one of my favorite Scripture passage, that I would teach on the first day of 7th grade Pre-Confirmation classes.  Hebrews 4:12-13 says,

Indeed,the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

I also recall a newsflash I read in the Florida Catholic this week about Pope Benedict XVI urging Christians must read the Bible.  He highlighted St Jerome’s famous line, “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  — we can never say it enough

moral virtues + Jim Gaffigan

November 29, 2007 Leave a comment

SPANISH 2 – (Dr Jimenez) — new chapter 14.1

TV CATCH-UP — watched missed episodes of The Unit & Cane.

RECTOR’s CONFERENCE – (Fr Michael) — about Moral Virtues (see seperate post).

PRE-T HOUSE — watched standup Jim Gaffigan.  Night Prayer.  House “cleaning” meeting.

moral virtues

November 29, 2007 1 comment

Today’s Rector’s Conference was for new guys on “The Moral Virtues in Relationship to Seminary Life:”

I.  Opening reflection: Ephesians 4:30-5:2

II.  Pope John Paul II speaks to French Bishops about Priestly Formation (March 22, 1997):

(8.) Composed of people from different walks of life, the seminary must become a family and, in that image, enable each young man, with his own sensitivity, to develop his vocation, to become aware of his future commitments and to be formed in the community, spiritual and intellectual life under the guidance of a team of priests and teachers trained specifically for this task.  … Further, it is appropriate to develop in candidates the practice of the theological and moral virtues, by training them to discipline their lives and to exercise self-control. A future priest must also learn to put his life in the Saviour’s hands, to consider himself a member of the diocesan Church and, through her, of the universal Church, and to undertake his activity in the perspective of pastoral charity.

III.  (this year’s seminary theme is) Living the Real: Jesus, the Incarnate Mystery

IV.  Habits & Virtues
        A.  “Habit” — a quality difficult to uproot that is well or ill-disposed regarding his nature or operations
        B.  “Virtue” — good habit

V.  Kinds of Virtues
        A.  The Natural Intellectual Virtues
                1.  Virtues of Speculative Intellect (Understanding of First Principles & Science)
                2.  Virtues of Practical Intellect (Art & Prudence)
        B.  The Nature Moral Virtues (Cardinal Virtues)
                Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude
        C.  Theological Virtues  (for next week)
                Faith, Hope, Love

VI.  Moral Virtue: PRUDENCE
        A.  Prudence — order of right reason applied to doing things (human acts)
        B.  Sins against Prudence
                1.  Sins by Defect
                        a.  Precipitation (Haste)
                        b.  Inconsideration (Thoughtlessness)
                        c.  Inconstancy
                        d.  Negligence
                2.  Sins by Excess
                        a.  Carnal Prudence — using reason to get an evil end
                        b.  Craftiness — use evil means to get a good end
                        c.  Excessive Solicitude — too prudent to move (paralyzed)

VII.  Moral Virtue:  JUSTICE
        A.  Justice — constant & perpetual will to render to everyone his due
        B.  Verbal Justice outside of judicial proceedings:
                        a.  Contumely (reviling, insult)
                        b.  Detraction (backbiting) — Simple (spread truth) & Calumny (spread lies)
                        c.  Whispering (tale-bearing)
                        d.  Derision (mockery) — joking manner
                        e.  Cursing — wishing evil on someone

VIII.  Moral Virtue:  TEMPERANCE
        A.  Temperance — moderate man’s appetites …
        B.  Vices opposed to Temperance
                1.  Insensibility — too much
                2.  Intemperance/Immoderation — do whatever you want
        C.  Related Virtue vs Vices
                1.  Abstinence (from food) vs Gluttony
                2.  Sobriety vs Drunkenness
                3.  Chastity, Purity, Virginity vs Lust
                4.  Meekness, Clemency vs Anger, Cruelty
                5.  Modesty vs Pride
                6.  Modesty of Action and Dress
                        a.  Good manner in society
                        b.  Modesty in external behavior (“father” neither too macho nor effete)
                        c.  Modesty in Recreation
                        d.  Modesty in Dress

IX.  Moral Virtue:  FORTITUDE
        A.  Fortitude — pursue a difficult good even in the face of death or danger
        B.  Vices:
                1.  Cowardice
                2.  Fearlessness
                3.  Foolhardiness (too clueless to know one should be afraid)
        C.  Assist vs Oppose
                1.  Magnanimity
                        a.  Presumption (overestimate our ability)
                        b.  Ambition
                        c.  Pusillanimity (underestimate ability)
                2.  Magnificence vs Stinginess
                3.  Patience vs Impatience
                4.  Perseverance vs Inconstancy

X.  Pope Benedict Speaks

XI.  Colossians 3:9-17

(no finished — details need to be added)

Aristotle test + Venus + cartoon + David

November 28, 2007 Leave a comment

DaVinci's Madonna of the RocksMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — start Hegel.  Hegel’s solution to Kant’s problems of circularity & skepticism is to unify the “knower” (subject) and “known” (object).  Hegelian Absolute Idealism = subject + object are 2 moments of the process by which the absolute unfolds into reality.  — if you say so?

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — test on Aristotle.  — I think I started understanding him half-way through the 3 essay questions (Plato vs Aristotle’s view of “soul” … forgot #2 … Aristotle on “virtue”)

Botticelli's The Birth of VenusVirgin and Child with St Anne and St John the BaptistARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — Boticelli‘s The Birth of VenusLeonardo da Vinci’s cartoon sketch for Madonna and Child with St Anne and the young St John.  DaVinci’s Madonna of the RocksMichelangelo‘s David & Bacchus.
  

DOTS — laundry day — worklist: floors — holy hour: Fr Rios

masculinity + Mexican food nite + garden Mass + floss

November 27, 2007 Leave a comment

SPANISH – (Dr Jimenez) — chapter 14 vocab dictation test

MIAMI VOCATION – (Fr Manny) — check-up interview with my vocation director.

Mexican food nightOLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — Wisdom literature & Old Testament Masculinity to reflect on.  Males: Warrior – Moses // Prophet – Jeremiah (lie detector) // Trickster – Jonah.  Male Independence + Autonomy: Wildman – Elijah // Pilgrim – Abraham.  Male Vulnerability: Healer – Elisha.  Masculine Responsibility: The Patriarch – Abraham // The King – Solomon.

Garden MassCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today’s theme was Mexican Food Night.  — we tried to stick with the theme and avoid drinking the water

GARDEN MASS – (Fr Michael) — 9pm to change from the “routine” … “calm storm” … hit by wave … firefighter hat

DOTS — Aristotle study group — floss run

gym rats + hedonism + Annunciation + limo driver

November 26, 2007 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Santos) — “gym rats” — “juice” — sacrifice.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — test on Hume.  — I think I wrote the same answer for all 3 questions … it’s got to apply to at least one

Annunciation by Fra AngelicoANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — start philosopher Epicurus with his Epicureanism & hedonism … (Letter to Menoeceus) … believe in gods … everything is material … death is, therefore, not something to be feared … focus attention on life, the happy, pleasant, and pleasurable life.  — It sound nice … most people today live exactly this way … even those in church. 

Annunciation by Sandro BotticelliARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — started Renaissance by comparing 2 painting of the Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli & Fra Angelico.

MINISTERIAL METHODS – (Fr Michael) — (part 3) Being Discerning … level of judgement … does my understanding correspond to what is true?  (Limo driver interviews ’round a hill)

(part 4) Being Responsible … level of decision … What should I do?