Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Anniversary!  Go READ THIS NOW! (and take good notes)

The Vindication of Humanae Vitae

by Mary Eberstadt

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

So I turn 30 today, I could reflect on the last 30 years or I could look forward to the next 30.  I shall do neither, but I will post a prayer about life and how we should all go about living it.  Read, pray, take it to heart.  God Bless my family and friends and may His Grace and Peace be with everyone.

Respect everyone - Christ resides in everyone. Be sensitive to others - they are your brothers and sisters.

Think well of everyone - think ill of no one. Try to find something good even in the worst of circumstances.

Always speak well of others - do not cast a slur on anyone. Repair any harm resulting from an uttered word. Do not provoke strife between people.

Speak to everyone in the language of love. Do not raise your voice. Do not swear. Do not vex others. Do not provoke tears. Reassure others. Show a kind heart.

Forgive everyone everything. Do not hold grudges. Always be the first to extend your hand as a sign of reconciliation.

Act always to your neighbor's advantage. Do good things to others, as you would like them done to you. Never give a thought to what others owe you, but always to what you owe them.

Be actively compassionate in time of suffering. Be quick to offer consolation, counsel, assistance, kindness.

Work conscientiously - others benefit from the fruits of your labor, just as you benefit from the labors of others.

Be active in your community. Be open to the poor and the sick. Share your goods. Try to see the needs of those around you.

Pray for everyone, even your enemies.

Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski

Monday, July 21, 2008

I'll have something tomorrow, but for now this about sums it up:

Friday, July 18, 2008

Why So Serious?

  Dark, brooding and fun had by all.  Is it possible to have a hero so dark that it becomes an almost impossibility to find a villain any darker?  And is it possible for a villain to have no motive and still the best motive of all?   Oh it most certainly is and the result is simply delicious.  A film of epic proportions and perhaps the greatest performance by a screen villain of all time.  Better than Vader in the memorable character department and dare I say more crazy and smart than Lechter.
   I am of course talking about The Dark Knight, the new Batman film that opened today in theaters across the USA.  I went and saw a matinee showing after work and am very tempted to go again tomorrow or Sunday.  It was amazing.  Christian Bale turned the dark and brooding Batman into an even darker more brooding character.  We also catch glimpses of why Batman is often called the world's greatest detective, for he works in the gray of morality.  Doing what the powers in charge can not or are unwilling to do.  
   Now, what did I think of Heath Ledger, the last role he completed before his untimely death last January.  I was about 10 or 11 when Jack played the campy Joker... this is not Jack's Joker.  This is the Joker of such a dark and crazy nature, you can't help but love.  He even performs magic, making a pencil disappear with grotesque results.  I like Ledger as an actor, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, this was his break out role.  If we never see him any more movies (there was some unfinished work left when he died), let this role stand as a monument to his great talents as an actor.  He didn't just play the Joker, he was and will forever be the Joker.  I know everyone seems to be saying the same thing, but yes it is OSCAR worthy.  At least a nomination is in order, though I say he deserves to win one.  He was amazing in the role and took it to a place that even I didn't think possible for an actor.  Anthony Hopkins wishes he could take Lecter to where Ledger went in the role of the Joker.
    I see no way the Joker could be given to another actor, it wouldn't be right.  Johnny Depp may be a choice, but I say retire the Joker to the Narrows and Arkham for ever.  The specter lurking in the shadows always teasing us around the corner, in another film, but just out of reach.  Perhaps the Riddler or the Penguin is next.  Maybe Catwoman.  But you know, if they end the Batman series here, it is fine with me.  I don't think any future films could even come up to the boot soles of the film.
    Go see it... now!  And why so serious?

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Happy Independence Weekend loyal readers!  I am relaxing after playing four hockey games in the 39 hours at my rink's annual 4th of July Tournament.  This year was a bit more hotly contested for various reason, a few fights sadly, but fun to play in again.  Capped off with the ice cream sundae breakfast, so thank you Ben & Jerry's!

So here I sit realizing I haven't posted since last month, but I've been very busy.  Work has me overseeing 7 projects which are taking up a lot of my energy.  Which leads to longer hours. Granted I'm not hauling down the 70 hour weeks I used to pull when I worked in the Boston area, but just enough hours to be a bit of a pain.  I find that I'm having to stay just late enough to be unable to make the daily 5:30 Mass in the evenings as frequently as I would prefer.  It makes a noticeable difference in the day to day routine.

Now some of you are wondering, how can it be that big of deal?  It's just 30 minutes out of the day?  Why does it matter?  Well, it's simple really.  It all comes down to the Eucharist, the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ, the source and summit of the Christian faith.  It is those moments of prayer before the tabernacle before and after Mass and the reception of the Eucharist during Mass that make all the difference.  Entering into God's eternalness, into that mysterious way in which we are transported back to the foot of the cross and that moment is brought forward to us.   It is not us who take Christ in, but rather He who takes us in and further conforms us as working parts of His body.  I love that, I find a calming there when all the outside stuff that is just the fluff of life can be shaken off and we can realize that the most important thing we can do everyday is to be in His presence. 

Anyway, I'm going to go lie down and read and pray that St. Thomas' website is correct with the 5:30 Mass tonight.  If not, off to St. Mary's for the 7:30.

Have a great one!