Archive for August, 2009

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Classes Begin

August 31, 2009

It’s getting well into night time now Sunday Night, which means I’m thinking about classes tomorrow. Well, I really don’t have class tomorrow actually. The only class I have scheduled for Mondays is an elective in Moral Theology called, “Morality and the Scriptures.” I won’t have it tomorrow because the Cardinal is coming for our opening Mass, which is always a lot of fun. After Mass with the Cardinal, we have cocktail hour with some appetizers. Then, we have a very nice dinner. It is one of the best days of the year, for sure.

Then Tuesday reality sets in. The rest of my classes are as follows:

– Spanish
– Church History: The Patristic Era (The Early Church)
– Canon Law: Sacramental Ministry and Law
– Homiletics: Liturgical Preaching (Preaching at Funerals and Weddings).
– Moral Theology: Theology of Marriage and Human Sexuality
– Sacramental Theology

Yeah. So that’s pretty busy. It comes out to about 17 credit hours. Not only that, but I have been appointed “Liturgy Coordinator.” There are three of us who will rotate each week.

I will say that I’m very excited about this schedule, though. Not only are the classes great, but the professors are excellent! Here is the website of one of my profs, where you can look at what we’re going to be learning.

I’ve also snapped some shots of my room that I’ll be posting shortly, so check back soon!

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In Camarillo

August 26, 2009

Safe and Sound, and in a new dorm room! Check back soon for updates.

I had a nice trip down, with lengthy stops in Tacoma, Kelso, Eugene OR, Sacramento CA, and San Francisco. Other than that it was just me and the road.

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A Few Things Before I Leave…

August 21, 2009

Today I’m basically sorting through everything I need to take with me back to LA. I’m trimming down the books I plan to haul down, and probably won’t take any of my DVDs outside of a couple seasons of The Simpsons.

It’s always really frustrating for me to do this. I have all these books that I should/want to read and I’m just reminded at how I’ll probably never get around to it. And I do mean NEVER.

So that’s what I’m doing today and Tomorrow morning. Then on Saturday my friend Dan is going to come up to Bellingham. We’ll hit up a couple of our favorite Bellingham Spots and reminisce a bit, then we’ll go to the SPACEBAND! concert at The Fairhaven.

Then Sunday Morning, I’ll put Bham in my rearview mirror again and head down to LA, with a pit stop in Tacoma to go to the St. Charles Parish Picnic.

I hope to arrive in LA sometime Wednesday.

I can’t believe how fast I’m moving through formation.

God Bless.

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Ed Morrissey Nails It

August 19, 2009

We DO need healthcare reform, but not this kind of reform:

On the campaign trail, Obama told Planned Parenthood that the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate state restrictions on abortion and repeal the Hyde Amendment ban on federal funding for it, would be his first legislative priority. ObamaCare allows him to pass FOCA without the head-on fight. If the public option remains in the bill and it covers abortion, that will have the de facto effect of repealing the Hyde Amendment. The interstate nature of ObamaCare and the public plan may also allow the Department of Justice to fight state abortion restrictions, such as parental notification, on the grounds that the regulations interfere with interstate commerce. It’s FOCA by other means

From what I’ve read, section 123 is the part of the Bill that would most likely lead to American tax payers funding abortions. It reads, “IN GENERAL- There is established a private-public advisory committee which shall be a panel of medical and other experts to be known as the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to recommend covered benefits and essential, enhanced, and premium plans.”

Assuming I read the Bill correctly, out of this committee there are 18 members appointed directly by the President and 9 appointed by the Comptroller General who is appointed by the president. It is quite conceivable that the president would appoint 18 pro choice individuals to this committee and make abortion ‘rights’ absolutely mandatory in any health care plan, public or private.

Again, that’s assuming I read the Bill correctly.

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A Bellingham Haiku

August 7, 2009

At “The Woods Coffee.”
Designer Hemp Surrounds Me.
Aged Hippie Sell-outs.

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I’ve Said it Before…

August 5, 2009

and I’ll say it again right now. A joyfully lived celibacy in the priesthood is the anti-dote to our culture’s problems.

Start preaching on this NOW, boys.

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Back in WA.

August 3, 2009

Hey everyone,

I arrived home Friday night and had a wonderful weekend with my family, my best friend, his wife and their newest addition, Jacob. Jacob is a healthy and extremely tiny baby boy who will no doubt bring much joy to his parents in the coming years. I can’t wait to see him grow up, and hearing his parents elaborate on their new perspective on life is both fascinating and exciting.

Got together with all the seminarians of the Archdiocese yesterday which was nice. The Archbishop had us over for a BBQ, one of the only times we get to see each other every year.

Tomorrow I will be playing in the Bishop’s annual golf tournament. I’m not a very good golfer but it should be a lot of fun. I’ll be in a foursome with some of the folks from St. Charles, where I spent my internship.

Speaking of St. Charles, I’m hanging out there right now, actually. Well, I’m at the Forza on 27th, anyway (which has been remodeled nicely while I was away. They serve Wine now). I’ll be hanging out with some friends in the evening and after the tournament I’ll be heading up to Bellingham for the rest of the week.

Oh, and I’ll probably be at Mass tomorrow morning at St. Charles if anyone reads this and would like to catch up while I’m in town.