Oh Lord, purify me, make me a chalice in which you dwell, offer your sacrifice in me and spread your love through me. Let me shine like gold, adorn me with the jewels of virtue that I may always be open to you. Fill me. Overflow me. Let me be like that most perfect vessel, the Singular Vessel of Devotion, She to whom I cry for protection against the Evil One. I ask this for your glory, for the vessel is nothing without the sustenance inside, the cup nothing unless it is filled. Oh Lord, purify me.

Give me a word, Abba

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Small Workings of Providence

Today, after Psychology class, I headed, atypically, toward Geddes Hall. I thought to myself "Well, I'll just go up to the fourth floor where the Center for Ethics and Culture is and see if anyone I know is up there. Plus, I've heard it is a really dismal place." Well, I crossed the grass between the Library and Geddes and was joined by Leo (who is in Liturgical Choir with me) and we entered the building together. As he stopped by the chapel and I headed toward the elevator, he called out "Midday Prayer, five minutes." I said to myself, "Hmm, that's interesting, cause that sounds like something I'd like." Well, I went up to the fourth floor and it was basically abandoned. And dismal. So I went back down. As I passed the chapel, I thought I would enter it and join in this Midday Prayer going on. Although I didn't have a breviary, I went in. There were a couple people there already, and a few more joined in the following minutes. I shared a book with a couple guys and we prayed the Hour and then went on to Lunch at North Dining Hall.

I found out that they do this at Geddes every Monday Wednesday and Friday and in Alumni Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I had just been looking for this. It's amazing that at Notre Dame there is such a Catholic Culture present, but so often the different groups don't unite. This is a problem with the intellectual side of things as well as the devotional and liturgical side. It was great to hang out with some of the people that I know that I don't generally hang out with and who are quite as serious about the Faith as I am, just with a slightly different face. I hope that soon the different movements at ND may be united, and if I am to help in that, bring it on.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy New Year

Now starts one of my favorite parts of the year--Advent. Maybe it's because I'm such an impatient person, but the whole waiting thing is pretty important. Paul says in the epistle for today that our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. And that was way in the first century. Now almost 2000 years later, it seems kind of a cruel joke to still keep us waiting for the consummation of our salvation. I mean, we were all prepared to go on up to heaven, but now we've had to go through all sorts of divisions, heresies, scandals, and the world turning against us. Over and over and over again. Can't Jesus just come again?

Well, Advent is here to save us. We have a period of the year where we can focus on the graces of waiting patiently and the fulfillment of our wait. After all, people had to wait for a really long time for Jesus to come the first time. We better to expect to wait at least that long.

Or he might come tonight. Who knows? Stay awake, Jesus says. Always be watching.

Here's the thing, I don't like trips. It's because I'd rather be Here or There not in between. On The Way is my least favorite experience. I took a 9.5 hour bus ride to get back to Notre Dame today. It was awful. I would rather be resting in one place or the other. Now, I like road trips if I have someone to talk to the whole time, because then all the moments would be like being somewhere instead of being between places. It's all a matter of rest. We all want it. Augustine said "I am restless until I rest in you." It'll be great, but we don't have it. We want it, but we only get those small glimpses, like a good meal, a Great Conversation, a restful night, an enjoyable game. It's sort of like Lewis's thing with Joy. An intense longing for something that we don't have, but we get tastes of. We long for glimpses of what we're waiting for, and Advent and afterwards Christmas gives us that chance. Every year.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

In Historic 9 Year Battle, Troy Falls

It took Notre Dame 9 years to respond to USC's blatant provocation and winning streak, one year less than it took the Greeks to bring Troy down according to Homer's epic The Illiad. I guess Achilles is back in the game. In the post game interview, Brian Kelly, coach of the 7-5 Irish, used the word "battled" or "battling" or "battle" at least four times, highlighting not only how important the game was for him and his team, led by freshman quarterback Tommy Rees and stricken by injuries, but also how much comparison there is between this rivalry and the Trojan War of old. The leaders in today's game were Rees, Michael Floyd (Wide Receiver), and Robert Hughes (Running Back). You might almost call them Achilles, Odysseus and Diomedes, Floyd being Achilles. Last year Floyd was injured for the game against USC, a game that came down to the last second, made famous by the Notre Dame student cheer of "One More Second", which prompted the referee to put one more second on the clock and thus giving the Irish one more play. However, in that game, the Trojans came out on top. That was when Achilles was out. Now that he's in, Notre Dame is once again able to come out on top despite the rain and four interceptions and one fumble by Rees. It was a finish that Notre Dame fans were looking for, after an up and down season, Brian Kelly's first with the Irish.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Baking is a science, but cooking is an art....

Only is Art means that you don't have to have any specific rules and a science means you have to follow the recipe or else God Knows What Happens.

Anyway, I baked two pies today for Thanksgiving. I've been saying it that way, with the emphasis on the first syllable this year. Kind of odd. Never done that before. I'll put up pictures of the pies soon enough, if I am resourceful enough to take them.

I started to read the Silmarilion in Earnest last night. I started it as a ten year old, or something, and there's this thing that happens after half a lifetime that changes how you view things. This is a case in Point. The reason I picked it up again was a) Charles was reading it at the insistence of Caramel (have I mentioned these two are an Item this semester? It really offers us great Frivolity and Amusement.) and b) I used the opening chapter for my paper that I presented at the Center for Ethics and Culture Conference last weekend.

I helped my mother and father move Mrs. P's stove out and move a new one in today, which involved returning to my former place of employment, Tudor Oaks Retirement Community. They've been working on a renovation for some time, and they're close to completing it. I will, God Willing, post a post about the architecture. I described is thus "There are some problems, but it looks nice" And by that I mean that there are parts that are pleasant looking, but all in all, not a well done design.

I showed my siblings the baby monkey song. If you have not seen it, you must. Now.

I will be leaving tomorrow for Blaine/Apple Valley Minnesota to Gloat about the Packers Skewering the Vikings to my Relatives eat Thanksgiving Dinner. That will be fun.

Oh, and on the subject of controversy, if there's any that you're interested in, you might want to go straight to the primary source, look at the grammar, examine the antecedents etc. You will find that controversy is really often unnecessary, as some have already realized. That is all.

Hopefully further posting forthcoming.

Ta ta.