Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Beary Postal...

Beary received his first piece of fan mail today. He was pretty excited over his new found fame....


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Archbishop Chaput

I am a big fan of Archbishop Chaput. That guy is amazing and has a lot of guts to speak about things that many people do not want to speak about or admit.

Check out this article from theblaze.com

Echos From Madrid Part 4

Hallowed Ground! This WYD event took place in the legendary soccer arena of the Real Madrid team. I have never been on ground level of a European soccer stadium and wanted to pick a few blades of the famous grass but i didn't- security was prominent and watchful.

It was fun though!


Echos From Madrid Part 3

video

It was estimated that 2 million young people filled the streets of Madrid to take part in World Youth Day and see the Holy Father. It was awesome to see the young people, filled with joy, singing on the streets and in the subway. It brought much joy to everyone.

This is a quick video of one of the smaller crowds in a popular plaza. 

Echos From Madrid Part 2

A lazy Spanish breakfast....

Echos From Madrid Part 1

I am VERY grateful to the kind folks who sent me to Madrid for World Youth Day last week.

I am also grateful to Christopher West and Mike Mangione and the Union, who graciously allowed me to accompany them to Madrid and witness first-hand the AMAZING work they are doing with Theology of the Body and the beauty of art (the live sand painting was incredible- see picture at right) and music. It was awesome to see their presentation and watch the young people in awe of the truth and beauty from God that was presented.

Here are some pics from the event called Fill These Hearts. Check out this link to see when they will be in your area, I highly recommend going!


Love Reveals Beauty

It's been a very interesting and deeply beautiful summer! I have much to be grateful for and hope to share some things I learned and some experiences I had over the summer for those who would like to read about it :)

Wishing all of you a happy and blessed return to school year and the regular routine of life, which- if you really think about it, isnt regular at all. New adventures happen every day, if we have the eyes to see.

Fr. Pinto came to our parish yesterday and gave a talk about intercessory prayer. It rocked.

One thing he talked about was that the key to intercessory prayer is having the heart of Jesus and Jesus is a Man who loves. His love transforms people.

Then Father said, "Love reveals beauty. When we love someone, we find the beauty in them." This is why Jesus finds us beautiful, because He is Love.

I thought about this profound reality all day long. It reminded me of the powerful truth in the children's story- Beauty and the Beast.

Perhaps we think it's just a cute story about a beautiful maiden, a scary beast and some talkative furniture. But there is so much more to it than that--

In the story find that Belle has accepted the consequence of being a prisoner to a "hideous" beast. This beast, a former prince, hates everyone, including himself. He believe he is ugly both inside and out. But then something happens....Belle begins to see the Beast for who he really is, a wounded man who seeks redemption and unconditional love. As she begins to love him, she sees his true beauty. And as the Beast finds himself being loved to the core of his person, it transforms him so much that it restores his humanity.

True love restores our humanity and beauty. Love makes us more humane.

Is it any wonder that the world seeks love so ardently, even if it mistakes it for its counterfeit?

When we love someone, we see beauty where others do not. We see beauty even where the person themselves sees little or none. And this experience of being loved opens our heart and soul and we become more and more human.

Of course, this human love has a deeper echo and origin. The origin is our foundation-- being created by Love, for Love. We were created for eternal love and union. This is our destiny.

We can pray for a deepening of love to see the true beauty of others. Because, truth be told, if we can't see beauty in someone else, it's not their problem, but ours. We can pray for the eyes to see.

May we embrace the grace to make the journey of beauty and truth.


Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I Just Cant Take It Anymore!!

I think this is what the home plate umpire was thinking on July 26th after 19 innings of baseball. The game went on for over 6 hours and at the end, well, perhaps the ump just wanted it over and made a game ending and much controversial call! eek!

the video was removed! i will try to find another upload.

*imagine very frustrated baseball players here.....*

Deep Thoughts from Lil' Wayne

Usually the rapper Lil' Wayne manufactures some sketchy stuff but I was intrigued over this new song he has just released called "How To Love".

In this particular song, he is singing to a woman who is broken from the wounds of other men and he is telling her gently that she is beautiful and worth more than she gives herself credit.

 In my mind, I see this girl as being lost and sad and not knowing really where to go. It seems so typical of many women today. Most women don't know that Jesus is the one who will heal us and never leave us.

This kind of message seems rather rare in the hip-hop world. I am posting the super clean version with lyrics below. If you don't like hip-hop, you won't like this and i am not advocating Lil' Wayne by any means (nor any other versions of this song), just posting good stuff where it can surprisingly be found.





You had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart
Never really had luck, couldn’t never figure out
How to love
How to love

You had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever
Now you in the corner tryna put it together
How to love
How to love

For a second you were here
Why you over there?
Its hard not to stare, the way you moving your body
Like you never had a love
Never had a love

When you was just a young’un your looks was so precious
But now your grown up
So fly its like a blessing but you can’t have a man look at you for 5 seconds
Without you being insecure

You never credit yourself so when you got older
It’s seems like you came back 10 times over
Now you’re sitting here in this corner
Looking through all your thoughts and looking over your shoulder

See you had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart
Never really had luck, couldn’t never figure out
How to love
How to love
See you had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever
Now you in the corner tryna put it together
How to love
How to love

For a second you were here
Why you over there?
Its hard not to stare the way you moving your body
Like you never had a love
Had a love

You had a lot of dreams that transform to visions
The fact that you saw the world affected all your decisions
But it wasn’t your fault
Wasn’t in your intentions
To be the one here talking to me
Be the one listening

Nobody else trippin
You see a lot of crooks and the crooks still crook
See You had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart
Never really had luck, couldn’t never figure out
How to love
How to love

See you had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever
Now you in the corner tryna put it together
How to love
How to love
Oooh,

See I just want you to know
That you deserve the best
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
Yeah
And I want you to know, you’re far from the usual
Far from the usual

You see you had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart
Never really had luck, couldn’t never figure out
How to love
How to love

See you had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever
Now you in the corner tryna put it together
How to love
How to love

See you had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart
Never really had luck, couldn’t never figure out
How to love
How to love

See you had a lot of moments that didn’t last forever
Now you in the corner tryna put it together
How to love
How to love

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Miriam Was a Leper...

I was pondering the readings from Mass today about the situation with Miriam becoming a leper (okay, so it struck a little close to home)

It struck me how TYPICAL this kind of behavior is (not being turned into a leper, mind you, but the behavior that led up to that unfortunate consequence)

So, here we have the brother and sister of Moses: Aaron and Miriam. Their brother was called personally by God for a great mission and he speaks to God face to face as one man does to another.

However, they notice some things about Moses that appear to be imperfect. So they......COMPLAIN! and gossip too. Oh yeah, and they also judge Moses.

They look at Moses' apparent flaw and grumble and say, "is it through Moses alone that God speaks? does He not speak through us also?"

Allow me to translate that into 2011 speak, "who does this guy think he is? look at his personal life! We don't need him, God can use us far-more-perfect people"

Ahem.

So, well, then it didn't go so well for Miriam because God defended Moses and Miriam suffered the worst social disease one could have.

And the something really beautiful happens. Moses has no ego.

He doesn't get "offended" or irritated or rub it in Miriam's face. Moses pleads to God to heal her. He pleads for the health of the one who was jealous of him, judged him and spoke against him.

Wow. How quick are we to do the same? What keeps me from forgiveness so often is my own ego and pride.

In the Gospel, Jesus says that what comes out of our mouths is what defiles us.

Whatever is in our heart comes out of our mouths in judgement and criticism and gossip, when quite frankly, none of that is any of our business.

At the end of our life, we will not be judged by a jury of our peers.

We are not a compilation of other people's opinions of us. just because someone thinks a certain thing about us doesn't make us that particular thing. And conversely, just because we think a certain thing about someone, doesn't make them that particular thing either.

As I pondered this throughout the day it occurred to me more and more how much time we waste judging other people. Often times we are just afraid inside and grasping for control when we pass along negativity.

We are called to more than this.

Perhaps the next time we feel tempted to judge and criticize, we can go to Jesus within and speak the truth to Him of what we are really think, feel and want. We can ask for help, healing and wholeness.

And perhaps the next time we have a chance, we will pardon and plead for the health of those who are children of God, just like us.