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simplicity of life: quid animo satis?

January 29, 2009 1 comment

RECTOR’s CONFERENCE — today’s talk was for “returning guys” on the “Simplicity of Life” in more detail than earlier introduced.  This is the basic outline of the talk.

090129_sjvcs-simplify-lifeI.  The Evangelical Counsels
      A.  Chastity
      B.  Obedience
      C.  Simplicity of Life
      D.  Qualities Beyond Basics (to grow deeper)
      E.  Posture that creates openness

II.  Poverty / Simplicity
      A.  Pinching limitation …
      B.  In regards to Present possesions — a lack
      C.  In regards to Future possessions — insecurity
      D.  First of the Beatitudes  (reminds us God will provide what we need … trust)
      E.  In Religious Life —> freeing
      F.  Look at Complications in our lives
      G.  Look at Identity

III.  Poverty Flows out of Hope
      A.  Faith —> Certainty in Present
      B.  Hope —> Expanding Certainty of Faith regarding Future
      C.  Obstacles to Hope:  Possessions of the Particular
                1.  The Attribution of Certainty to Particular Things we already possess.
                2.  Hope has to do with non-possession, and the Virtue connected to that is Poverty

IV.  Deepening Levels of Understanding
      A.  Eternal Level
      B.  Next Level:  Freedom
      C.  Deeper Yet:  Gladness (= Joy)
      D.  Deeper Still:  Lacking Nothing

V.  Detachment / Indifference
      A.  People live without thinking about this
      B.  Example of Painting
      C.  Comparison applied to Everyone
      D.  Poverty belongs to dynamic of Knowledge:  it is Intelligent and full of affection

VI.  Lectio:  Matthew 6:25-34 …

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, 19 and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.  — Matthew 6:25-34

Obama inauguration

January 20, 2009 Leave a comment

We got out of class early in order to watch the historical presidental inauguration of President Obama as our 44th Commander in Chief.  Last night’s holy hour was offered up for the country and its near-future during these difficult times of war and economic instability.  March for Life is this Thursday … it’ll be interesting to see what President Obama says then … we continue to pray for the Holy Spirit’s divine hand.

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FF5 + Replace Me (song)

February 7, 2008 Leave a comment

God, mold me into what You want me to beWhile drivin’ around today in my mobile stereo, I kept replaying a song by the Christian rapcore group Family Force 5 called “Replace Me.”  I kept singing/screaming the chorus that echoed what seminary formation feels like, so far … to be formed into what God wants … “crush me, tear me, break me, mold me, make me what You want me to be.”  — Here’s the lyrics:

My Batteries died sometime ago (wuh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh)
I gotta heart-shaped box where they must go (wuh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh)
Corrosion’s building everyday
My flesh is leading me astray that’s why I started to decay and I will slowly rot away but I can’t feel that anyway

This heart it wants to beat, These lungs they want to breathe
These eyes they want to see, Gotta mouth that wants to sing … 

Desperation, Needing You, Every last breath, I scream for You
Shatter me into a million pieces … Make me new
Crush me, tear me, break me, mold me, Make me what You want me to be
I am Yours for You to use, so take and replace me with You

Needing more than just a jump start to get me through
My disconnection is now the issue…..

(rap) I miss my First Love bad and its driving me mad
Just like a mixed up crazy person out of his head
Its been a long long time I’ve been on the decline
I do an a-bout face so I can be replaced, 180

This heart it wants to beat, These lungs they want to breathe
These eyes they wants to see, Gotta mouth that wants to sing

(des, des, des) [chorus]

One for the body, Two for the soul,
Three to get ready, Now go go go

Replace me with You!!!
(replace me with You!)

Desperation, Needing You, Every last breath, I scream…

[chorus]

— I also added the song (on YouTube) above, but BE WARNEDit’s pretty hardcore for all you John Michael Talbot fans 🙂

3 islanders – disciple + missionary

September 10, 2007 Leave a comment

From Morning Prayer, I took hold of Psalm 84:11, “Better one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” and prayed the song, “Better is One Day,” in my head all day.

walking the beachMASS – (Fr Joseph) — today’s homily began with a geat story of “The Bishop & 3 islanders.”  (My own cliff-note version is🙂  A Bishop gets off his boat and speaks to 3 islanders who don’t know the “Lord’s Prayer,” but instead pray (looking up) “We 3 — you 3 — show us mercy.”  The Bishop teaches them the Lord’s Prayer and returns a few month later, but they only remember the first few line, whereupon he tells them to pray their old prayer.  — Basically, our faith is simple, yet we try to complicate it — but (I’d like to add) simple does not mean easy.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we started the Meditation of Decartes.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos)  — we started “Euthyphro” by Plato.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — we reviewed some more art slides and continued the Greeks handout.

Jesus Martha MaryMINISTERIAL METHODS – (Fr Michael) — we reflected on some Scripture passages that ultimately show “Church as Communion.”

II.  Jesus + the preaching of the Kingdom
Mt 20:1-16 — Mt 13:38 — Jn 15:5
III.  The Priesthood of Jesus Christ
IV.  Sending of the Holy Spirit — Jn 7:37-39
V.  Disciple + Missionary — Luke 10:38-42

The last section stood out the most for me.  We are called to be “disciples” (followers of Christ) in order to properly respond to our “missionary” call to grow the Kindgom.  Although we want to “do” (as Martha did), we (as seminarians) should be focused on being “disciples” (as Mary did) at this point in our formation.

REST OF THE DAY — Watched “300” and played some volleyball.  — Better is one day …

Alka-Seltzer + esterder

September 6, 2007 1 comment

Alka-SeltzerMASS – (Fr Alvarez) — today’s Gospel reading of Jesus calling the trusting apostles to be “fishers of men” was well illustrated by an Alka-Seltzer commercial (“Try it, you’ll like it!”).  Sometimes we have to venture out of our familiar comfort zone and into the unknown for various reasons (fear, inadequecies, selfishness, etc), but the Lord calls each of us (uniquely) to trust His direction and “learn something new” that should surprise us in the “best way.”  — Amen.  Easier said than done, but baby-step are still moving.

SPANISH 2 – (Dr Jimenez) — Yo “failo” (I need the past preterite form) the review test (chapters 1-11) with a 48%, but surprisingly (and somewhat relieved) that some did worse.  I definitely need to step up my catch up work, or it’s gonna hurt all semester.  Learned a new word (that doesn’t exist) — “esterder” — I need to think of a good definition for it.  Any ideas anyone?  Kermit?

RECTOR’s CONFERENCE – (Fr Michael) — part 3 of a series on “Reason, Formation & Relationship with Christ.” I’ll post some excerpts separately.

Happy is God’s Will?

Continuing the discussion on “following God & seeking His Will” from last Sunday’s readings, I recall an experience. — Last year I was at a men’s study group where everyone was asked “How do you know you are following God’s will in your life?”  After we spend some time getting everyone’s opinion (I forgot what I said), the facilitator (a priest) answered simply “When you’re happy.”

happy faceWHAT?!?!  I hate that answer!  (In his defense, we were running out of time and I think he was moving the meeting alongHappiness is relative and can be found in anything.  Even doing something bad or sinful can have temporary (or fake longterm) happiness … that’s WHY we do bad things … it fills the “God-size” void we have.

Happiness is a feeling we get … and you can’t always trust feelings.  “Joy,” on the other hand, is different.  We get “joy” by knowing we have salvation through an active relationship with God.  You can always be joyful even though circumstances may make us miserable and very UNhappy.

If a believer is being persecuted for their faith, are they following God’s will?  Even though they’re not “happy” at the moment?  Do we fast to be “happy”?  I hope I misunderstood the answer, because I need some clarification.  — Anyone else?  Kermit?

“holiness” in Rise … by John Paul II

With a bad rainstorm (drought-relief) today, I started re-reading John Paul II‘s book, Rise, Let Us be on Our Way.” Although it mainly reflects on his journey to and through becoming a bishop, it is written for everyone.  It’s a simple read with great personal insight and advice for all Christians.  Here are some points I highlighted from the Ordination Liturgy parts of  “Vocation” (section 1):

At a priestly ordination, the hands area anointed; at an episcopal [bishop] ordination the head is anointed.  This signifies the call to new responsibilities: the bishop will have the task of guiding the Church, which will palce great demands on him. … The ring on the bishop’s finger signifies that he is married to the Church, the sign of fidelity … to protect the holy Church, bride of Christ. … The Book of Gospels is given to remind of a bishop’s calling, to not only serve, but he must be a teacher. … The miter is a reminder of his commitment to let the “light of holiness shine in him” like a “city on a hill” (Mt 5:14) to be “a living example to the flock” (1 Pet 5:3). … The crosier is a sign of the authority that enables the bishop to fulfill his duty to care for his flock.

Outside of the cool symbols, what really struck me was the personal call to holiness that ALL need to find.

The essential meaning of holiness is that it is always personal, and that each and every man is called to it.  All members of the people of God are called, but each is called in a unique and unrepeatable manner.  … A shepherd must watch, protect and lead every sheep to discover that holiness is not “some kind of extraordinary existence, possible only for a few ‘uncommon heroes’ of holiness.  The ways of holiness are many, according to the vocation of each individual.”  What a great potential of grace lies dormant in the vast numbers of the baptized!

I can say no more.