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compline + Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pre-T Compline with Our Lady of Guadalupe @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLIn this Jubilee Year of the Archdiocese of Miami, there are 2 paintings of Our Lady of Guadalupe traveling throughout the diocese spend a week in each.  This week, St John Vianney College Seminary has one.

Pre-T Compline with Our Lady of Guadalupe @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLAs a group, the Pre-Theology seminarians had our regular Thursday night Compline (Night Prayer) before Our Lady.  We also did a rosary with the Luminous Mysteries (as the lights of the Chapel got brighter).  — brotherhood in prayer before Our Lady … 🙂

Senior projects — day 2

April 24, 2008 1 comment

2008, Senior project presentation, St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL, seminariansToday was day 2 of 2 of the presentation of Senior Philosophy Projects.  15 minutes each.  8 seminarians.  Topics included (if I wrote them down right?):

  • (Peter) Hermeneutics & Gadamer
  • (Michael) Beauty
  • (Igor) Personalism …
  • (Vely) Poverty
  • (Madian) Slavery, Freedom, Conscience
  • (Julio) Immigration
  • (Justin) To “Be a Man”
  • (Ben) Anthropology of Karol Józef Wojtyła

Senior projects — day 1

2008 Senior Projects @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLToday was day 1 of 2 of the presentation of Senior Philosophy Projects.  15 minutes each.  9 seminarians.  [Worklist & Holy Hour cancelled today].  Topics included (if I wrote them down right?):

  • (George) Play on Words
  • (Jose) The character “Hector” in the Illiad & Odyssey
  • (Krem) Just War Theory
  • 2008 Senior Projects @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL(Carlos) Virtue of Justice
  • (Sergio) Dialogue with Cultures by Pope Pius XI
  • (Eddy) Happiness
  • (Elvis) Dialogue of Catholic Church with Liberalism
  • (Dom) Nietchze
  • (Robinson) Charity in St John Vianney

Étienne Gilson + Honest to God + simplex priest + Cylon

Étienne GilsonAQUINAS – (Fr Vallee) — mainly discussed Étienne Gilson (of 20th century) converted to Neo-Thomism … concluded that the metaphysical conclusion of Descartes only make sense in light of Thomas Aquinas.  (#2) Also proved there is no single common philosophy inherent in medieval theologies … hence, debunks the pure crystal stream theory and opens the way for pluralism of Vatican II and Fides et Ratio(#3) He reads Thomism as an authentic existentialism … opposed essentialism of Maritain.  (#4) He strongly opposes the separation of theology and philosophy, as practiced by moderns, hence Fides et Ratio.

Philosophy can be authentically Christian and still be philosophy, an idea which perhaps even Heidegger does not accept.  Theology is not irrelevant to the work of philosophy … it is relevant to knowledge of God and Man.

[extras: Gospel of Oprah + J’s Pulp FIction + project purgatory]

CONTEMPORARY PHIL – (Fr Santos) — continuing John A. T. Robinson’s Honest to God.  God as “ground” … “religionless” Christianity … “demythologization” of Scripture.

Cylon Centurion from Battlestar GalacticaMEDIEVAL – (Fr Vallee) — final essay questions on Augustine & Aquinas (aporia, metaphysics, ethics, epistemology) + manualism + simplex (Mass) priest + book of conclusions + William of Ockham + a reverse mermaid

EVENING TV — some classic Battlestar Galactica on NBC.com (new episode every Wednesday).  A quote from episode 11, The Young Lords (1978) … Cylon Centurion: “These Humanoids are not well constructed.  They damage easily.”  Starbuck’s response, “At least we don’t rust.”  — a Cylon after Nietzsche own heart(less)

Rhode Island food night

Rhode Island cultural food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLCULTURAL FOOD NIGHT — today was Rhode Island food night with lots of shell food … clams, muscles, clam chowder, and the best part … SWEET ICED TEA with LEMON … delicious!
Rhode Island cultural food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL Rhode Island cultural food night @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 

Spanish class desayuno

Spanish class breakfast @ Brisa de EspanaSpanish class breakfast @ Brisa de EspanaSPANISH 2 – (Dr Jimenez) — today, we had class AND breakfast at Brisa de Espana, a local Spanish restaurant.  The food was great.  I had scrambled eggs with Spanish sausage an Arizona ice tea! 

We’re finishing our last chapter 18 with Si (if) clauses and a confusing summary of the use of the subjunctive (ALL OF THEM).  — I can’t say I was paying all my attention to our bookwork, cuz the food was delicioso!

Voltron homily

Voltron, Defender of the UniverseMASS – (Fr Santos) — today’s homily mentioned Father’s favorite anime cartoon growing up (and mine) as Voltron, Defender of the Universe.  He followed with a story about a child that thought he could fly … and even tried “flying” out the second floor window … caught by his father working in the garden below … but the father got more hurt than the son he sacrificed for … a great connection to how complete our Heavenly Father’s love is for us … “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not die but have eternal life” — John 3:16 

plus, any mention of Voltron in a Mass homily is worth noting … lol