Thursday, August 31, 2006

The fat man has left the building, David Wells shipped to San Diego...Red Sox Nation..raise the flags on the 2006 season......

And let's move on to something really important..a 4th ring in 6 years:

Sunday, August 27, 2006

It has been a most fun day, long, yet quite fun for a miriad of reasons. I am currently a book that hits very close to home in some respects, giving a better perspective on my ancestors and what they went through when coming to this country around the turn of the century. No, no ancestor's mentioned by name, it's just a tale of history in New England in the late 1800's. I will give a review later when I finish it. Perhaps this week.

Anyway, I came across to quotes that nicely compliment each other.

The first being from Chesterton: "Do not look at the faces in the illustrated papers. Look at the faces in the street." - ILN, 11/16/07

The second, which I won't get quite right, nor can I at the monent find it in the book I am reading to state exactly who said it went something as follows: "it is not enough to study the humanities, but rather is more to the point of utmost importance to study humanity."

Just something to think about.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

On the octave after the Assumption falls the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. Before the reform of the general Latin Calendar the feast was celebrated on May 31. It was moved to more closely follow the Feast of the Assumption.

Now I know a lot of non-Catholic Christians aren't really all that wild of the attention given Mary by Catholics. I admit in some areas it possible that some cultural backgrounds give her to much and border or even reside in heresy, such as reports I have gotten from some to have seen Mary on a cross. Such vile things are heresy and must be condemned as such. That aside, Mary did humbly and perfectly submit to the Lord's will to be the vessel from which Jesus would come into the world. I could go into great detail and give some explanations and Biblical background for Mary's importance in God's plan, but I have a better idea. I reccomend this book for you to read:

From the back cover:

"Offers a theolgically balanced and biblically grounded presentation of traditional and contemporary thought on Marian doctrine and spirituality."

Remember nothing better can be said about a woman than to say that she was a good mother. She who with her fiat allowed God to become man, whom she nursed, clothed, and raised. A woman who was chosen from all women in time and space to be the mother of the Jesus, the simple handmaiden of the Lord.

"Be it done unto me according to thy word."

Does it get any better than that, that it be done unto us according to God's word? No, it doesn't. May we lower ourselves, like Mary, to be handmaidens, so that God may increase.

And as she said at Cana "Listen to Him, do as He tells you."

Give it a read. You'll learn a lot.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Happy Feast of the Assumption

Probably a bit too much in the spirit of Vatican II, but it's the only clip of the hymn I could find.

If we believe that at the judgement our bodies, long since turned to dust, will be resurrected and glorified and reunited with our souls, what is so difficult that Christ would not allow His mother to suffer the decay of the body after death and allow her to be assumed into heaven before the rest of us? After all, He must honor His mother perfectly.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ok, Ok...I've been back from my vacation for a week and haven't posted a thing, deal with it...I've been busy getting back into the swing of things with work and hockey and potentially softball in a few weeks. That's right, the outside possibility of my return to the City of College Station Softball league looms large, fear me pitchers...the hitting machine is getting tuned for the chance of being cranked up again soon. I've been reading a lot trying to finish my summer reading by the end of the looks like I will fall one book shy of my goal, though I may just buy it on CD and listen to it during my travels around town. Another thing that had my full attention this week was the airing of "Band of Brothers" on the History Channel. Yes, I own the DVD but I don't pass it up when it's on either.

So it was a nice vacation, got my old buddy married off without a problem. Spent the night before the wedding in the honeymoon suite watching the Red Sox and Devil Rays game, drinking some cold one's, Coke's. Fun was had by all. If only I knew where they went on their honeymoon. It was kept a secret from everyone. Only the groom knew.

I'm all caught up in work, I had to do some work while on vacation in order to ensure a project getting out to bid. It's a small job, less than $200K, but it is of vital importance to the folks who want it built so if it's at the top of the list for them, it's at the top of the list for me to make sure we can get it bid and awarded before the funding goes the way of the dodo.

Now that I'm caught up there, I can return some of my attention to getting all my paperwork for the P.E. exam completed by the middle of September. My deadline is December, but I want it in so I can start studying for this SOB. For those that don't know, the P.E. exam is the engineering equivalent to the bar exam for lawyers (though I've looked at some state bar exam study guides, and I could probably pass them in my sleep with a little studying).

Well, I am going to make me a drink and head off to read and sleep. I leave you with a picture from my vacation:

Fenway Park, My Home Away From's just right being there.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

I am currently on vacation on the east coast, enjoying free beer, much baseball (Fenway and McCoy Stadium), lot's of heat and humidity, an upcoming wedding (not not fear ladies), and catching up with friends. I will have reflections next week when I return to Texas, sometime after Monday (I have a hockey game that night). In the meantime, another reflection from the Order of Saint Benedict:

The vices and problems that beset Christianity at any time were modeled for us in the New Testament. The disciples of Jesus showed us the ambition and jealousy that always threaten the witness Christians give to the world. Today it might seem to us that sex is the big threat to Christians' credibility as we read of sexual scandals involving clergy. Without underestimating the devastation wrought by these, it is worth noting that sexual scandal probably has more appeal for the media than other scandals. Power plays and the trajectory of ambition are more difficult to pinpoint and present to the public. Probably no vice has so strongly affected the followers of Christ as the desire for power, "to lord it over others" as Jesus called it (Matthew 20:20-28). It's amazing to note that we who claim to follow the lowly Jesus who triumphed by the cross are so apt to take up the instruments of domination. Historically, how many tragedies and scandals would have been avoided if church leaders had been immune to the lust for power? From popes to pastors, it has hurt the church and embittered Christians. Authority, Jesus teaches, is given for the service of its subjects, not for the satisfaction of those who have power. Service as used in Scripture is not the antiseptic word we see in the Yellow Pages where it refers to everything from windshield replacement to child care. Service for the follower of Christ entails suffering and death. We might easily embrace service as an ideal, but we should be prepared for a broken heart and demands we never envisioned. Service involves sharing the death of Jesus. Discipleship for Christians includes learning to serve with and in Christ who modeled service for all of us.

-- Don Talafous OSB