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Faith Fest in South Florida

February 9, 2008 1 comment

Faith Fest 2008FAITH FEST 2008 — the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami had a celebration of faith, music and community @ St Thomas University (in Miami Gardens) from 6pm til 12 Midnight.  It usually focused on young adults, but everyone was welcome and present.  Musically, it featured MATT MAHER & TOM BOOTH with Chris Wills from Radio Peace as MC.  The evening closed with Mass and Candlelight Eucharistic Procession with Bishop Felipe J Estevez.  Individual tickets were $10 and group discounts were available.  Official website @ http://www.freewebs.com/southfloridafaithfest/  — hopefully the beginning of more 

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prayer + Kendall Payne

February 1, 2008 1 comment

A great song by Kendall Payne (one of my favorite Christian vocalist) that focuses on what real prayer is all about, appropriately titled “Pray” from her latest album, “Grown.”  Light guitar, soft vocals, profound meaning, worth posting:

I will pray for you now, for you have been my faithful friends,
While the road we walk is difficult indeed.
I couldn’t not ask for more than what you’ve already been,
Only that you would say these prayers for me.

May your heart break enough that compassion enters in,
May your strength all be spent upon the weak.
All the castles and crowns you build and place upon your head,
May they all fall, come crashing down around your feet.

Kendall PayneMay you find every step to be harder than the last,
So your character grows greater each stride.
May your company be of humble insignificance,
May your weakness be your only source of pride.

What you dooo unto others,
May it all be done to you.
May you meeeet the One who made us,
And see Him smile when life is through.

May your bleeessings be many,
But not what … you hoped they’d be.
And when you looook upon the broken,
May mercy show you what you could not see.

May you never be sure of any plans you desire,
But you’d learn to trust the plan He has for you.
May your passions be tried and tested in the holy fire,
May you fight with all your life for what is true.

I have prayed for you now all my dear and faithful friends,
But what I wish is more than I could ever speak.
As the way wanders on I’ll long to see you once again,
Until then, would you pray these prayers for me?
Oh, that you would praaay for me.


She tell the story of a man asking Mother Teresa to pray for him.  Check it out …

Winter Jam Christian concert

January 20, 2008 2 comments

CONCERT — the WINTER JAM 2008 Christian concert tonight at the University of Miami Convocation Center.  It featured MercyMe (praise & worship), BarlowGirl (rock), Skillet (hard rock), and newer groups like NewSong (praise & worship), Group 1 Crew (hip-hop) and Mandisa (vocalist).  I met up with the youth group of my home parish who got a bus full of kids.
Winter Jam 2008 in Miami, FL

After Group 1 Crew (hip hop good enough for me to buy their CD).  An extreme BMX Skate Team did some stunts (for Jesus, I guess) followed by Mandisa (from American Idol).  Then came NewSong, Skillet, BarlowGirl and finally MercyMe.
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Winter Jam Christian concert in Miami, FLIn between acts were speakers (like Tony Nolan), an altercall, and financial pleas for poverty and supporting more of these events.  Hooking people with a $10 ticket price, making the concert into a “ministry,” then suggesting to write a check for $100 or $1000+ (if you’ve been “blessed”) to a crowd 90% children and then praying to respond to what God really wants you to do.  We should be encouraging our sacrificial financial gifts to go to our accountable local churches for self-less causes, not independent “ministry” companies that entertain.    — shameless, but good performances

semester begins + Aquinas + Contemporary Philosophy + Medieval + Ministry + Amber Spyglass

January 7, 2008 1 comment

MASS – (Fr Michael) — God is the same yesterday as today, on vacation, on retreat, back in the daily routine.  Do you believe in Jesus?  How is your life different because of your belief?

AQUINAS in the 20th CENTURY – (Fr Vallee) — this is a senior level course that focuses on the rediscovery of St Thomas Aquinas thought in the 19th & 20th centuries, in the areas of epistemology, metaphysics and anthropology.  Readings will be from Gilson, Maritain, Marechal, Rousselot and John Paul II’s Fides et ratio.  No term paper.  Tests are open notes & open book — (translation: It’s hard!).  Large class.

CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — started reviewing Modern Philosophy era.  LOTS of readingMartin BuberI and ThouHans-Georg GadamerTruth and MethodMartin Heidegger Introduction to MetaphysicsEdmund Husserl – Phenomenology and the Crisis of PhilosophySoren Kierkegaard Either/Or (our first reading assignment) … Karl Marx Communist Manifesto Friedrich Nietzsche The Anti-ChristPaul RicoeurOneself as AnotherJohn Robinson Honest to GodAdam Smith The Wealth of NationsAlfred North Whitehead Religion in the Making.  — I should probably be reading right now! 

MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Vallee) — reviewed a timeline of philosphy periods.  This class will focus on Augustine (Confessions), Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologica, On Being and Essence, The Thought of Thomas Aquinas).  Our main test is Frederick Copleston’s A History of Philosophy, vol II.  2 papers.  — finally some Augustine & Aquinas!

MINISTERIAL PRACTICUM – (Fr Michael) — reviewed the basic about ministry (from last semester).  This course will be about the practical skills need for ministry.  Next year, we’ll be assigned Monday night “Apostalic Work” in the areas of CCD catechesis or Homebound Visitation.  We’ll be going out to visit other seminarians in their work assignments throughout the semester.  Today, we also learned “How to Create a Lesson Plan” for CCD class.  — finally some hands-on!

DOTS — “Kr” Lauds blessing — listened to first half of The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials trilogy) on audio

time & space

June 20, 2007 3 comments

Chuck MisslerSome scientific notes I took from the first 2 audio sessions “Learn the Bible in 24 Hours” by Chuck Missler (protestant fundamentalist) to help me understand some concepts of time & space.  (For an excellent 24 hour Catholic Bible study, check out Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure).  I hope I don’t mis-paraphrase any points:

(*) Despite many misconceptions, we have concluded within the past century, that “the universe, time, length & mass are finite, NOT infinite“.  Time is subject to gravitational forces.

(*) “Twin Astronauts, part 1.”  1 astronaut travels to Alpha Centauri (the next closest star to the Sun 4.5 lightyears away) at HALF the speed of light, 9 years one way + 9 years back = 18 years.  However, the traveling twin is 2 years & 9 months younger than the other.

(*) “Twin Astronauts, part 2.”  If 1 astronaut travels to Alpha Centauri at the speed of light, 9 years + 9 year = 18 years.  However, the traveling twin only aged 46 days.  Wow! 

(*) “Eternity IS NOT lots of time.”  Therefore, God (eternal) is outside the dimensionality of time altogether.  We see time as a series of events, like watching a parade pass by.  God uses his ability to be outside of time to send us a message and authenticate it by fullfulling prophecy.

(*) Space is NOT an empty vacuum.

(*) The ability to “bend time” may be seen in Hebrews 1:12 & Isaiah 34:4 when created things (like skies, heavens, earth) will be “rolled up” like a scroll or cloak, and “will be changed.  But you are the same, and your years will never end.”  Interesting.

Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (1954)(*) There are actually 10 dimension, but we can only conceptualize 4 of them.  Hyperspaces (spaces in more than 3 dimensions) can only be visualized by 2 types of people, well trained mathematicians and small children (WHAT?). 

(*) The only known visual of a 4th dimension is seen in Salvador Dali’s 1954 Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) by using a tesseract.  (I’m getting a headache staring at the picture looking for the 4th dimension

There are several other tidbits of facts.  These are just a few that jumped out at me.

Present “ALL” Vocations

“Vocations in Scripture” audioThe best way that I think we can encourage vocations is by presenting “ALL” the vocations.  In an audio talk by Scott Hahn called, “Vocations in Scripture: Discovering & Discerning God’s Call,” (#5627-CD) he does just that.  He begins his talk by saying we all have the same inherit primary vocation, and that’s to be a “child of God the Father” by accepting Jesus and living active christian lives.  Besides that, we can live out our faith through the vocations of single life, married life, religious life, or the priesthood.  He then details each one as seen through Scripture.  I think that is how we should encourage vocations.  We need to present ALL of them as equally necessary, yet individually unique.  I think that approach would make people more open to priesthood and the religious life, because I wouldn’t be seen as so far removed from each of us.  — Kermit?  Anyone?