Archive for August, 2008

don’t be an armadillo + move!

August 31, 2008 1 comment

MASS – (Fr Alvarez) — [told story of bladder cancer]  We see lots of dead armadillos on the side of the road here in Florida.  Why?  Armadillos are blind and role up into their hard shells when they hear danger approaching … thus, the traffic incidents.  As we grow in anything in life, challenges to leave our comfort zone can bring fear that can paralyze us from moving forward to something even greater, if we keep going.  The formation process in seminary discernment presents challenges to ourselves that need to be faced and embraced … but with prayer and perseverance … not fear … don’t be an armadillo!   — I’ll try

the Church

RECTOR’s CONFERENCE – (Fr Michael) — tonight’s topic: THE CHURCH

     A. Difficulties of Definition
          1.  Paul: EKKLESIA – a gathering of a group — a group of believers gathering “in the Lord” — local community gathering

          2.  Attempts at Definition
               a.  Baroque needs — tried to make mysteries visible & concrete
               b.  Externals
               c.  Risk of polarization
               d.  Search for clarity has a price — risk losing the presence of God

          3.  Subject of Mystery
               a.  innermost reality of Church is a divine gift, itself
               b.  Church is communion of men through grace of Christ
               c.  mystery
               d.  connaturality / intersubjectivity — we cannot objectify the Church because we are a part of it
               e.  mystery of Christ

          4.  Use of models

     A.  Intro / Context

     B.  Original Models

          1.  Institutional – visible structure, right & powers of its officers
               a.  Negatives:  can become rigid, doctrinaire,
               b.  this should never be the first or primary model

          2.  Mystical Communion – people united by the spirit in Christ, spiritual, communal, personal
               a.  Negatives: can lead to disillusion, simply “a friendly family of believers”

          3.  Sacrament – a sign & transmitter of God’s grace in the world, connects outward institutional & inner mystery
               a.  Negatives: can lead to “sterile aestheticism” (overly spiritualized)
               b.  this should be the primary model

          4.  Herard – faith & proclamation of Gospel, focused on preaching, share gift with others
               a.  Negatives: can be not incarnational enough, saying & not doing, can be rather pesimistic

          5.  Servant – part of the whole human family & sharing their concerns
               a.  Negatives: can seperate from Word & Sacrament, can forget the Church is a community, can disolve things distinct to Christianity

     C.  Addition of Sixth Model
          1.  Polarization of 70’s  (models were not embraced)
          2.  “Community of Disciples”

John Adams (HBO mini-series)

August 27, 2008 2 comments

Tonight, I started watching a 7-part HBO mini-series, John Adams, with a few seminarian brothers.  I heard good things about it over the summer and the first episode was great!

John Adam (HBO mini-series trailer)

John Adams (HBO mini-series makers’ comments)

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packing summer room

August 20, 2008 1 comment









tropical storm Fay

August 19, 2008 1 comment

With tropical storm Fay on us, schools are closed Monday & Tuesday.  Occational wind and rain, but nothing too bad in Broward County.  Started packing up to return to seminary this Thursday. 

Smart People (poor 2008 movie)

Smart People (poor 2008 movie)

Watched “Smart People” … not good (Dennis Quaid should of given that away).

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Prayer for Our New Church

Come Lord, lead our parish on the journey we have begun.  Send forth Your Spirit to guide our choices and decisions.  Remind us that we are the Church, not bricks and stones, but a community united in faith.  May Jesus be our cornerstone, and may our love for You be reflected in all we say and do.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You forever and ever.  Amen.

DOTS:  St Katherine Drexel Mass … car alignment … Hometown Buffet

Parish financial support

Thank you! Thank you VERY MUCH !

Thank you! Thank you VERY MUCH !

In support of their “poor” parish seminarian (that’s me!), 6 ministries of my parish of St Bernadette Catholic Church (in Hollywood, FL) gave me some generous financial donations.  I wanted to all least acknowledge the ministries here … they are … St Bernadette Outreach Society, Our Lady of Lourdes Gift Shop, St Bernadette Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women, St Bernadette Columbiettes, Knights of Columbus Council #8382, and the St Bernadette Home and School Association.

“Thank you for all your support and prayers over the years as my parish family, but most especially now for your sacrificial gift of financial support during my time of vocational discernment.  Know that your generosity is greatly appreciated and you’re all constantly in my prayers.  Thank you and remain holy!”


27 new seminarians @ SJVCS, Miami

Today, we got an email from our Rector at St John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, FL.  This week starts New Student Experience for new incoming seminarians.  There are 27 new guys!  That should put our total house count at 61 seminarians … a nice full house!  I’ll definitely be praying for them, especially for safety on the FIU Ropes Course and patience on their 4 day Silent Retreat next week.  Returning Students are due back next Thursday Aug 21st.