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1st sem grades

December 18, 2007 Leave a comment

Stephen King's The MistToday I received my grades for my first semester in St John Vianney College Seminary:

Arts & Ideas – (Fr Vallee) — B
Ancient Philosophy – (Fr Santos) — B+
Modern Philosophy – (Fr Santos) — B
Ministerial Methods – (Fr Michael) — A
Intermediate Spanish – (Dr Jimenez) — B
Intro to Old Testament – (Fr Michael) — A

DOTS — Stephen King’s The Mist [PF]

2 exams + semester evaluation

December 12, 2007 Leave a comment

OLD TESTAMENT – (Fr Michael) — 36 multiple choice questions.  (found out later — 2 wrong 94%)

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — 5 essay questions.  (found out later — 93%)

SPANISH STUDY SESSION – (Dr Jimenez) — we had a great EXTRA review session with our professor.

Approved (for now)SEMESTER EVALUATION — at the end of each semester, each seminarian is given a written evaluation (with an interview).  Mine went very well.   What was observed:  I’m open and engaged in formation, quiet, mature, willing to serve others, responsible and diligent in academics and house duties.  What I need to work on:  share my gifts more confidently within the seminary community.  Final recommendation:  I should continue in the program of priestly formation.  — It wasn’t nearly as scary as some veterans made it out to be.

“philosopher soccer”

December 11, 2007 Leave a comment

Yesterday was our exam on Modern Philosophy (not easy) and tommorrow is Ancient Philosophy.  As some of us took a break from a study session, we found this YouTube video from Monty Python about Philosopher’s Football (Soccer) that has the (Ancient) Greeks verse the (Modern & Contemporary) Germans.  — Hillarious!  (but only because I kinda-know some philosophy)

postmodern + Monsignor + Christmas dinner

December 7, 2007 1 comment

last day of class @ St John Vianney College Seminary, MiamiMASS – (Fr Vallee) — “frail bird”

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — finish Hegel.  Turned in reflection paper on Locke.

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — finish Neoplatonism.  Turned in reflection paper on Epicureanism.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — as the last day of class before finals week, we covered the Post-Modern Period in 1 day.

VIGIL MASS + MONSIGNOR – (Fr Michael) — [2 battleships practicing]  we celebrated a Vigil Mass for tomorrow’s feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Bishop Noonan began Mass by announcing our rector Fr Michael Carruthers has been made a Monsignor (along with 20+ others in our diocese during this Jubilee Year), but he still prefers us to call him “Father.”  — Congratulations!
Monsignor Mass @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL table setup for 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL table setup for 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

CHRISTMAS DINNER — especially for faculty member, we had a big Christmas Dinner with ham, pork, rice & beans, green beans, po-ta-toes, fudge pie, key lime pie, apple dessert, & a bowl of strawberry/blueberry “mix” — GREAT!
2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL 2007 Christmas Dinner @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FL

Neoplatonism + worklist

December 5, 2007 Leave a comment

worklist truck @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLMODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hegel’s Absolute Idealism.  Also got back our last quiz (22/30).

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Neoplatonism.  Philosophical “GOD” eminates.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — sick — no class.

WORKLIST — today I had McCarthy Chapel … easy … so I also did trash & floors.  I took a picture of the grounds worklisters.

dialectic + stoicism + Serra dinner

December 3, 2007 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Joseph) — Francis Xavier – preach the Gospel … if necessary use words.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — Hegel’s “dialectic” … thesis – antithesis (“marker is NOT a turkey“) – synthetic.  Look up Anthropic Principle = Hegel?

ANCIENT – (Fr Santos) — handout on Epicureanism & Stoicism.  — I think I’ll do my reflection paper on Epicureanism.

SERRA CLUB DINNER – (Fr Manny) — the Miami Pre-Theologians (me) helped our vocation director at the annual Serra Club Dinner honoring Religious men & woman at St Martha Catholic Church next to the Archdiocesen Pastoral Center.  — Great people, food and Christmas caroling!
2007 Serra Club Dinner for Religious @ Miami 2007 Serra Club Dinner for Religious @ Miami 2007 Serra Club Dinner for Religious @ Miami

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