Sunday, December 31, 2006

Let''s go bowling!

We're just over 24 hours away from the kick off of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, a BCS bowl, pitting perennial powerhouse University of Oklahoma Sooners (school site, athletics site) against the upstart Boise State Broncos (school site, athletics site).

Oklahoma is the #1 college football program of the modern era (proof here) and Boise State has been a rapidly rising program over the past few years (story here).

This game should be bloody awesome!

Catch the 2007 Fiesta Bowl
8pm (EST) on Fox!

Oh, and lest we forget...H.H. Pope Benedict XVI is a Sooner fan (story here)!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
7th Day of Christmastide,

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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Is nothing sacred?

First this:

St. Mel's church in Queens was robbed of $20 to $30,000 on Christmas day during the morning mass! The two robbers have been apprehended, but really, stealing from a church? Get the story here, and the men being apprehended here and here.

Now this:

(via Open Book) His Excellency Oscar Lipscomb, the Archbishop of Mobile, Alabama had his gold crosier (shepherd's staff), pectoral cross, a gold vial to hold sacred oil, and other assorted items stolen from his car on Christmas Eve. Get the story here.
I mean stealing religious items and money from a church on Christmas Eve and Christmas, I really want to ask these thieves, "Didn't your Mamma teach you better?"

I don't know, maybe they needed the proceeds to feed their family (I'm trying to show Christian compassion her), but if that was the case, why didn't they just ask for help...that's part of a church's mission.

Please join me in praying for the thieves conversion.

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
6th day of Christmastide,
and Feast of St. Egwin

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Friday, December 29, 2006

Requiescat in Pace

While I abhore the death penalty I most assuredly do not think that Saddam Hussein was a good person. I believe that he was a tyrant, a bully, a war criminal and genocidal maniac.

However, I believe that he deserves the same dignity and compassion Christ showed to those who imprisoned and executed him. What Saddam Hussein did, the way he chose to live his life...and, yes, the way he died, saddens and angers me.

Let us pray for the repose of his soul.

Requiescat in Pace
Saddam Hussein

Catholic prayer for the dead:

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Amen +++

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
5th day of Christmastide,
and Feast of St. Thomas Becket

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Grad School...

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The story of my life right now...

Terrible life choice indeed!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
4th day of Christmastide,
and the Feast of the Holy Innocents

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Men's and Women's Conferences

The Boston Catholic Conferences for men and women are quickly approaching. If you're going to be in the area then I'd like to invite you to attend:

Boston Catholic Men's Conference

Saturday, March 17

Speakers (bios/info):
H.E. Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston
H.E. Peter Cardinal Turkson, Archbishop of Cape Coast (Ghana)
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, Knights of Columbus
Fr. Roger Landry, Diocese of Fall River
Mr. Scott Landry
Mr. Martin Doman
Mr. Patrick Madrid

Boston Catholic Women's Conference

Sunday, March 18

Speakers (bios/info):
H.E. Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston
Mrs. Immaculee Ilibagiza
Mrs. Dana Rosemary Scallon
Mrs. Johnnette Benkovic
Sr. Linda Koontz, SNJM

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
3rd Day of Christmastide and
Feast of St. John the Apostle

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Requiescat in Pace...

Requiescat in Pace
President Gerald R. Ford, Jr.

President Ford during
a spring 1976 campaign trip to Oklahoma City (hat tip):

"It's good to be in the great state of Oklahoma,
the home of Will Rogers
who never met a man he didn't like,
and the Oklahoma Sooners
who never met a team they couldn't beat."


Catholic Prayer for the dead:

Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed
through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Amen +++

Thanks Be to God!
Day 3 of Christmastide

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas is a season, not a day!

The Christmas Season, or Christmastide, begins on the evening of Christmas Eve (December 24) and ends on the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord (January 8). The Octave of Christmas (octave means eight) begins with Christmas day and ends after the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1).

Then the liturgical calendar focuses on the next immediate Sunday, counting off days before and after it: Epiphany. Epiphany commemorates the recognition of Jesus as the Son of God by the Magi (and by extension, all nations).

The season of Christmas ends on Monday the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord (January 8), which signifies the purification of the world, through Christ himself.

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Day 2 of Christmastide and Feast of St. Stephen

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The truth about priests...

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Am I being called?

Am I being called? What is God asking of me? These are questions I’ve been pondering a lot lately.

Very few people are aware of the fact that I’ve been considering a vocation to the priesthood. I want to say that this is a recent development, but in actuality it is something I’ve thought of off and on for many years now.

Oftentimes, people will ask me if I have ever considered the priesthood and I often try to avoid the subject…sometimes with an outright “No,” sometimes answering, “It isn’t my plan.”

I really like the second answer best, because it is the most honest. No matter what happens, I definitely know that this is not my plan…it can only be God’s plan. All I need to do is be open to His plan and willing to follow it no matter the cost or consequences.

I would like to simply answer with a resounding “Yes!” I am willing to follow whatever path the Lord lays before me, but in many ways I’m scared of this path. I’m scared that I might not be capable of such a sacrifice. I’m afraid of my unworthiness to serve the Lord. I ask myself if I'm brave enough to give up everything and hear his call to, "Follow me and I'll make you fishers of men?" I hope so...and I must therefore constantly remind myself of Christ’s admonition to the Apostles, “Be not afraid!”

In that spirit, I have recently begun the process of discernment by speaking with one of the Catholic chaplains here at Harvard and also have contacted the vocations director for my home diocese. I don’t know where exactly the Lord is leading me, but I ask for your prayers and support as I attempt to discern His plan for my life.

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Christmas day, Rejoice for our Savior is born!

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iPod Shuffle of the week...

1. Lookin' at You. Nichole Nordeman
2. Better. Kirk Franklin
3. Wasted. Carrie Underwood
4. Shine (re-mix). Newsboys
5. Hold Your Head Up High, feat. Lil' Mo. Miri Ben-Ari
6. Anything but Ordinary. Avril Lavigne
7. Everything I Own. Culture Club
8. The House that Mercy Built. Point of Grace
9. My Favorite Southern Word. Jeff Foxworthy
10. Lovely Rita. The Beatles

The rules, for anybody who wants to play:
Get your iPod or media-player of choice, select your whole music collection, set the thing to shuffle (i.e., randomized playback), then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Christmas Day, the birth of our Lord Jesus the Christ

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Sk8in' Friar!

A skateboarding Franciscan from Australia!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Feast of
St. John of Kanty

Friday, December 22, 2006

Jack Bauer saves Christmas too!

Monday, December 18, 2006

100 and a College Grad!

Wow! I thought I was old when I graduated from the University of Oklahoma at the age of 33, but I've got nothin' on Mr. Northen who received his degree from fellow Big XII school Baylor University (link) this past Sunday.

Way to go Mr. Northen...if you're interested in grad school I'm willing to help with the application process! HA!

In honor of this fabulous accomplishment of Mr. Northen, I'm posting this in Baylor green instead of the usual Oklahoma crimson.

(Source) In his 100 years on this planet, Marvin Northen has experienced numerous wars, the Great Depression and other landmark events. The one event he worked hard for but missed out on was his own graduation from college.

On Nov. 28, Northen celebrated his 100th birthday, and Sunday morning he was surprised with a diploma from Baylor University at Trinity Heights Baptist Church.

Northen attended Baylor University from 1925 to 1929, when he had to leave for financial reasons. Northen was only one class short of obtaining his bachelor's degree in business administration.
According to Glenn Hilburn, the retired chair of Baylor's religion department, Northen has been participating in a class that can be substituted for the Chemistry 101 class he never took.

"He's passed this substitute class with a grade of A-plus without even knowing it," Hilburn said. "It's Life 101. He's mastered that course and mastered it well."

Hilburn presented Northen with a cap and gown, the framed diploma, a notebook filled with letters from friends, his official transcript and membership to the school's alumni association.

"It is subject to review at age 200," Hilburn joked.

Northen's name will also be included with other graduates in the commencement program at Baylor this month, Hilburn said.

"I was taught that I was the first in our family to receive a college degree," said Northen's grandson Gary Northen Jr. of what led his family to work to ensure the elder Northen received his diploma. "A little over two years ago when my grandparents moved into a nursing home, our family began the task of going through their household to sort out things. It was the biggest shock to us all to find in a bunch of rolled up documents a 1929 diploma for my grandfather."

Marvin Northen had always said he never graduated from college, but the diploma he had was sent to him by mistake, but he didn't have the money to send it back, the grandson said.

The whole presentation was a surprise to Northen, who said he was excited to now have his diploma.

"I didn't know it was going to be this much," he said, thinking the church would only be celebrating his birthday. "I thought it was just going to be a party."
Congratulations Mr. Northen!
Thanks Be to God and Go Bears!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Take part in Catholic survey...

Found this post on A Catholic Life (link)...I plan on participating and invite anyone interested to particpate also...

As the Blogger of To Jesus Through Mary (link) I am requesting Catholics in the age group of 16-45 to take part in a survey about the direction of the Catholic Church. I want to come to an understanding what young people think of the Church, maybe why they don't go to mass every weekend, and such. I want to know how these individuals want to the Church to be in 20 years from now.

For this reason I wish to dedicate a portion of my time in 2007 to reading surveys which I will create with the help of others. These surveys will be available sometime after the first of the year.

I am asking for all Catholics, from Conservative Catholics to Liberal Catholics, to those involved in the Charismatic movement. Catholics who attend the traditional latin mass and to those who attend mass in the vernacular. All Catholics in the age range of 16-45 I request you to email me at:

catholicsurvey (at) gmail (dot) com

Please put in the subject "Catholic Survey" as a way to eliminate spam.

Upon the receipt of your email, I will send you an email confiriming your request to take part in the survey and the date on which I plan to release the suvey.

I ask if you have a blog or any way to promote this survey to please do so.

I appreciate it your help. This is a great opportunity for us to evaluate your own positions of the Church and to learn about the Church at the same time.

Your Brother in Christ,
Edward Lee

iPod shuffle of the week...

1. Marlboro Man. The Toasters
2. Reason To Believe. Jaci Velasquez
3. Standing Up for Justice. The Bruce Lee Band
4. Wakiksuya. Earl Bullhead (powwow song)
5. Dear Prudence. The Beatles
6. Savior. Steven Curtis Chapman
7. Lamb of God. Rebecca St. James
8. Hate. Skankin’ Pickle
9. Life of Praise. Casting Crowns
10. Before He Cheats. Carrie Underwood

The rules, for anybody who wants to play:

Get your iPod or media-player of choice, select your whole music collection, set the thing to shuffle (i.e., randomized playback), then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Third Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Patroness of the Americas

John Paul II’s Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of the true God and Mother of the Church!, who from this place reveal your clemency and your pity to all those who ask for your protection, hear the prayer that we address to you with filial trust, and present it to your Son Jesus, our sole Redeemer.

Mother of Mercy, Teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows. Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother. We wish to be entirely yours and to walk with you along the way of complete faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church; hold us always with your loving hand.

Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, we pray to you for all the Bishops, that they may lead the faithful along paths of intense Christian life, of love and humble service of God and souls. Contemplate this immense harvest, and intercede with the Lord that He may instill a hunger for holiness in the whole people of God, and grant abundant vocations of priests and religious, strong in the faith and zealous dispensers of God’s mysteries.

Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect our families, so that they may always be united, and bless the upbringing of our children.

Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the soul.

We beg you to grant us a great love for all the holy Sacraments, which are, as it were, the signs that your Son left us on earth.

Thus, Most Holy Mother, with the peace of God in our conscience, with our hearts free from evil and hatred, we will be able to bring to all true joy and true peace, which come to us from your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns for ever and ever.


His Holiness John Paul II

Mexico, January 1979. Visiting Her Basilica during his first foreign trip as Pope.

Thanks Be to God and Our Blessed Mother!

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Sky might be friendly, but the airport?

I usually try to avoid all the mess that attends to the Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays debate. I do think it is ridiculous to force employees to use one phrase over another, especially if it's to avoid offending someone.

But the Seattle-Tacoma airport has removed (story here) all of its Christmas decorations because a local Rabbi threatened a lawsuit if the airport didn't add menorahs to the displays. This is ridiculous, the airport could afford to decorate for Christmas, but couldn't go ahead and purchase some menorahs too? That's just being cheap!

What I think is absolutely hilarious though, is the fact that the Rabbi was surprised by the airport's action! Sure, I agree that the airport shouldn't have taken the decorations down...but, hey, surely he had to have seen this as a possible outcome.

Give me a break!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Quote to live by...

I wish more pastors would use incense in the Mass. I love it! It bums me out when pastors give in to those people who complain about the smell of incense, I mean the Mass is an active walk through the scriptures. What's next, will pastors begin to give in when people complain about taste of the Eucharist?

How can you not walk through "Let my prayer be incense before you," (Psalm 141.2) or "Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a gold censer. He was given a great quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the holy ones, on the gold altar that was before the throne." (Rev. 8.3-4)

I found a great quote on the Young Fogeys blog, I'll paraphrase...

"There are 2 smells in the afterlife: incense or sulfur. You better get used to one of them!"

Incense...Oh, how I love it!

iPod Shuffle of the Week...

1. Undo Me. Jennifer Knapp
2. Eileen’s Song. Burlap to Cashmere
3. Police in Helicopter. Allstar Ska Orchestra
4. El Con…….2000. Desorden Publico
5. Mississipi Girl. Faith Hill
6. Brain on Ska. Mustard Plug
7. War Dance. Cozad (powwow song)
8. Intertribal Song. Black Lodge Singers (powwow song)
9. Rest of the World. Skankin’ Pickle
10. Intro. Violent Femmes

Hmmm, lots of Ska this week…interesting.

The rules, for anybody who wants to play:

Get your iPod or media-player of choice, select your whole music collection, set the thing to shuffle (i.e., randomized playback), then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Second Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 04, 2006

iPod Shuffle of the Week

Thanks to Fr. Tucker for the great idea!

1. More Than Love. Los Lonely Boys
2. Entertaining Angels. Newsboys
3. Live. Nichole Nordeman
4. That Don’t Impress Me Much. Shania Twain
5. Glory. Jaci Velasquez.
6. American Patrol. Glenn Miller
7. Savoy Truffle. The Beatles
8. Indian Girls. 49 Song (powwow/49 song, unknown performer)
9. When World’s Collide. Sizzortail (powwow song)

10. God Forbid. Point of Grace

The rules, for anybody who wants to play:
Get your iPod or media-player of choice, select your whole music collection, set the thing to shuffle (i.e., randomized playback), then post the first ten songs that come out. No cheating, no matter how stupid it makes you feel!

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!
Feast of St. John Damascene

Sunday, December 03, 2006

2006 Big XII Champs!

2006 Big XII Championship

Oklahoma 21 - Nebraska 7

Next Stop: Fiesta Bowl

The University of Oklahoma Sooners won the 2006 Big XII Championship and continue their college football dominance as the #1 program in the modern era (see the stats here)!

Thanks Be to God and Congratulations Guys!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

News Flash: B16 a closet Sooner...

Istanbul, Turkey: 1 December 2006--CWN.

It's confirmed...Benedict XVI is supporting the Oklahoma Sooners in tonights Big XII Championship Game!

According to Catholic World News His Holiness is excited for another Sooner championship and believes that "many of the moral and ethical problems in America stem from husking corn."

His Holiness has issued a personal blessing to Sooner Coach Bob Stoops and the entire team and wore special Crimson clerics during the last day of his recent trip to Turkey.

Before boarding Shepherd One, His Holiness blessed the Turkish crowds and stated, "Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!"

It is so on tonight in Kansas City!

2006 Big XII Championship
#8 Oklahoma vs. #18 Nebraska

The BIG RED War!

With Baling Wire and Duct Tape...

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops has pulled off another miraculous year...While keeping the team patched together with baling wire and duct tape he has managed to bring the Sooners to the top of their game winning the Big XII South division and will play for the Big XII Championship against Nebraska on Saturday night!

The job he's done is absolutely unbelievable and the conference has noticed...Coach Stoops was named the 2006 Big XII Coach of the Year!

Here's the story from ESPN:

No Controversy Here: Stoops Unanimous Choice for Big 12 Honor

NORMAN, Okla. -- In a season of turmoil, Bob Stoops was still able to mold a championship-caliber team at Oklahoma.

Even after the dismissal of their starting quarterback and an injury to their record-setting running back, the Sooners managed to go 10-2, 7-1 in the Big 12. It was good enough for OU to win its fifth Big 12 South title and a berth in the conference championship game Saturday -- and, on Tuesday, Stoops was named with the Associated Press' Big 12 coach of the year.

Stoops was a unanimous choice for the honor, which he also won in 2000 and 2003. He becomes the first three-time winner in the conference's 11-year history. Only former Colorado coach Gary Barnett has won twice. Stoops is the second straight unanimous selection, following Texas' Mack Brown.

"With the things that we've had to overcome, the way he's kept this team focused, kept our mind-set focused on our main goals, is big," quarterback Paul Thompson said. "That's the main thing for coaches, keeping your team focused, keeping them away from the distractions. ... He's just done a great job overall with the adversity that we have had this year."

Stoops has had to deal with the nasty business of dismissing two players, including starting quarterback Rhett Bomar, who broke NCAA rules by taking more money than he earned at a Norman car dealership. The program is still under investigation by the NCAA,which has said Bomar took $7,400 more than he earned while offensive lineman J.D. Quinn took $8,100 in extra benefits.

Once the season started, Stoops had to brush aside a crushing34-33 loss at Oregon that could've been a win if officials had made a correct ruling on a late onside kick or a subsequent instant replay review.Next, he lost his starting tailback, 2004 Heisman runner-up Adrian Peterson, to a broken collarbone that has kept him out six weeks. He's doubtful to return Saturday for the Big 12 title game against No. 19 Nebraska (9-3, 6-2).

Each time adversity has flared, Stoops attacked it directly by telling players no excuses would be allowed.

"It was just on and on," linebacker Rufus Alexander said. "He just came in and made it seem like it's your choice what you want to do and how you want to go through whatever has happened to you.You get dealt a hand of cards and you have to play them, and that's all we did."

After an October loss to Texas, the Sooners reeled off seven straight wins. The Longhorns helped by losing their last two games,letting Oklahoma capture the division title.

"In this building, we never took our eyes off of what our goals were and felt that we couldn't meet them. It was going to be tough,but we could do it,"

Stoops said.Stoops has done it without the All-Star cast from previous years.

Tailbacks Allen Patrick and Chris Brown moved into Peterson's starting role to carry Oklahoma's running game, following an inexperienced offensive line that was supposed to be a question mark even before it lost right tackle Branndon Braxton to an injury.

Other unknowns have also emerged, including redshirt freshman Brody Eldridge, who's turned into a blocking sensation at fullback and tight end. On defense, a secondary that was shaky early on has been fixed by shuffling personnel. Only one of four starters in the defensive backfield was projected at his current spot when the season started.

"I think as much as anything we've traveled through the year and have improved as we've gone through the year," Stoops said."I really believe our assistant coaches have done a great, great job of working through all of the different changes we've had with personnel and getting so many young players in position to play and getting them to play well."

One key ingredient was that coaches remained confident, receiver Malcolm Kelly said."They believed that everybody out there can make plays.

They believed that we were a nice-caliber team and we could play with anybody," Kelly said. "They never doubted that.

The result has been one of Stoops' most rewarding seasons in eight years in Norman."

It's been one of the most enjoyable for sure, because of just the attitude of the players," he said. "The way they come to practice every day -- just their attitude, their excitement, their enthusiasm -- you enjoy that as a coach when you're not pulling teeth, you feel like they're listening to you, they like to play,all of that. It's been pleasing that way for sure."

Thanks Be to God and Boomer Sooner!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Blogger Beta?

I switched to Blogger Beta because blogger said I wasn't going to have a choice anyway pretty soon.


They took my rice cooker...

I'm not sure what the deal is but the proctor (RA) of the floor in my dorm here at Harvard is upset about something to do with the rice cooker so she has confiscated it and hidden it so no one can use it!

This is the most childish thing I've ever heard of! I mean we're all grad students, which means we're all real adults. What does she hope to accomplish by confiscating an appliance?

I better be careful, cause this blog might get me grounded for what my grandmother used to call being smart! Ooooh, I'm scared....

But, you know what the best part is? I don't even use the bloody rice cooker (I just use a pot on the stove with water...oooh, what a concept)!!!
Hmmm, here's a thought...Being at Harvard Divinity School, I bet I could get someone to take me really seriously if I said I was being oppressed by not having access to my rice cooker!

FREEDOM for the Rice Cooker!

There will be a Free the Rice Cooker rally and demonstration tomorrow at noon outside of Rockefeller Hall...bring your signs, your megaphones and your chants! We have to stop the oppressor now or the Coffee Maker might be next!
Stand up for Rice Cookers everywhere!