27 April 2005

I will be 21 in December. *hint hint*

20 April 2005

Prayer Request

As we exited the chapel after 10pm Mass tonight, a contingent of students from Eastern Washington University (about a half hour south of here) showed up, wanting to go to Mass. They had been told that Mass was at 11, and were disheartened to find that their information had been wrong. Thankfully, a priest who was willing to say Mass for them even at the late hour was found in relatively short order.

The fact that they had to drive all the way here to attend Mass is telling. There is a Newman Center at EWU, and a parish church in that town, but no daily Mass is offered at either because "there is no pastoral necessity." So it has been decreed by the pastor and by the bishop. After seeing 10 students drive so far so late at night to attend Mass on this historic day, to celebrate the election of our new pontiff, I would disagree that there is no pastoral necessity for a daily Mass, or at least a Mass on special occasions such as this.

Please pray for the Catholic students at EWU, and that the pastor and bishop will see the need to minister to these people.

19 April 2005


(beginning of stanza 3)

The colors of the Sistine will then speak the word of the Lord:
Tu es Petrus--once heard by Simon, son of John.
"To you I will give the keys of the Kingdom."

18 April 2005

(stanza 2)

Who is He?
Behold, the creating hand of the Almighty, the Ancient One,
reaching towards Adam...
In the beginning God created...
He, who sees all things...
from Roman Triptych II:
Meditations on the Book of Genesis
At the Threshold of the Sistine Chapel
by John Paul II

(stanza 1)

It is here, beneath this wondrous Sistine profusion of color
that the Cardinals assemble--
the community responsible for the legacy of the keys of the Kingdom.
They come here, to this very place.
And once more Michelangelo wraps them in his vision.
"In Him we live and move and have our being."

14 April 2005

Giant Moths

Allepsalite is a Giant Moth that eats Rocks, emits Ultrasonic Screams and Clouds of Inky Smoke, is in League with Dark Forces, and dislikes Modern Architecture.

Haugen and Haas is a Giant Moth that kidnaps Blonde Women, Stomps Around a Lot, can Leap Great Distances, and is Blind.

Ha! Allepsalite wins!

Thanks to Lauren for the surreal link.

05 April 2005

Mustard Seeds

The Curt Jester has posted extracts from a lovely article about Cardinal Ratzinger.

The author, identified only as "Spengler," has written what may become one of my favorite quotes of all time: "I have a mustard seed, and I'm not afraid to use it."

Can I get that on a t-shirt?

02 April 2005

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Pope's Condition Worsening

He said aides had told the pope that thousands of young people were in St. Peter’s Square on Friday evening. Navarro-Valls said the pope appeared to be referring to them when he seemed to say: “’I have looked for you. Now you have come to me. And I thank you.”

Even if we're not at St. Peter's, we're with the Pope!