Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Where to start?

So now that I'm reviving the blog, it's time to make some posts! Up first? Technology!

Anyone that knows me can tell you that I'm a technology junky. In the past, I would grab as many pieces of new tech that I could possibly get my hands on. Now that I have a few more expenses in my life I had to dial that back a bit :-) That doesn't mean that I've given up gadgets completely, though!

As an Android developer, I get to see and be a part of some really cool technology coming out from Google. Last Fall, I received a Logitech Revue Google TV complements of Google and have used it every day since. I also have an HTC Incredible Android phone that I use more than I'd like to admit. So, having fallen in love with those Android devices, I set my sights on the Android powered Motorola Xoom tablet.

I had been following the technology for some time and was extatic when I heard that the Xoom was finally launching. Having absolutely no desire to add any more expense to my monthly cell phone bill, I waited to pick one up until the wifi only version launced a few weeks later. In fact, I was the first person to pick one up from my local Best Buy!

I have had my Xoom for a couple of weeks now, and I don't think it has left my side once yet. It has a great screen size that is very easy to use and the on-sceeen keyboard allows me to write blog posts very easily. In fact, these last two posts have been written from the tablet. I've been able to tether it up to my Android phone as well for an always-connected experience that the small form factor of a phone just can't match.

There are sevaral tablet apps on the Android and Amazon App Marketplaces with many more coming. As a bonus, most of the Android 'phone' apps also work pretty well on the tablet. Angry Birds looks great on it :-P

Looking under the hood doesn't leave you wondering whether or not this tech is going to be viable a year down the road. With a dual-core 1 GHz processor and 32 GB of internal storage space, this is a device that am going to enjoy using for a long time to come.

I wasn't sure at first if picking up a Xoom was going to be worth it or not, but I can honestly say that it has changed the way I work and play on a daily basis.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blog Revival

Anyone who has ever read any of my blogs knows that they're always sporadic at best and at worst they don't get posted on in years. *cough*

That being said, its time for a blog revival!

Several exciting things are going on in my life at the moment that I will be sharing with you all shortly! I also plan on making the scope of this blog a little wider such that I can post not only on religion, but also my personal life, hobbies, and occasionally work!

Here I come, blog world!

P.S. I went through two or three titles to put on the book in the picture above before settling on that one. Post your funny (or serious) titles in the comments =)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Support the Pope

Cardinal Newman Society
January 16, 2008

Cardinal Calls for Faithful to Rally
in Rome in Support of Pope Benedict

CNS Urges Americans to Support Pope with Prayers on Sunday

MANASSAS, VA – The Cardinal Newman Society, a national organization that works to strengthen and renew Catholic higher education, is urging American Catholics to pray Sunday in solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI following offensive protests that forced him to cancel an address at Rome’s La Sapienza University.

Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, has urged Catholics to rally in St. Peter’s Square during Sunday’s recitation of the Angelus as a powerful display of support for the Holy Father, whose visit to La Sapienza was canceled because of anti-Catholic protests and false accusations that the Pope is not supportive of scientific discovery.

“For American Catholics who cannot be in Rome, we urge special prayers on Sunday to demonstrate both our love for Pope Benedict and our steadfast confidence in the unity of faith and reason,” said CNS president Patrick J. Reilly. “We hope that pastors will join us by including special prayers in Sunday’s petitions and by teaching Catholics the truth about the Church’s centuries-old dedication to science and higher education.”

Pope Benedict will make a rare visit to the United States in April 2008 and has summoned all presidents of U.S. Catholic colleges to meet with him in Washington. For nearly 20 years the Vatican has been working to strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges, and the intensity of those efforts has increased in recent years. CNS has been supporting and promoting these Vatican initiatives in the United States for the past 15 years.

“In advance of the Holy Father’s historic visit to the United States in April, we can draw upon this unfortunate incident as a valuable teaching moment for the Church and the secular world, which would seek truth without recognizing the Father and Creator, the fount of all truth,” said Reilly.

The unity of faith and reason has been a lifetime interest of Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor Pope John Paul II, both of whom had been university scholars with great appreciation for higher education. The noted philosopher Ralph McInerny has said, “It sometimes seems that the only voice insisting on the power of human reason is that of the Holy Father.”

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Deo Gratias!

The Pope this morning celebrated Mass in the Sistine chapel ad Deum, towards God.

It was announced over Vatican radio (live via EWTN) as a break in tradition as I watched live on the television. However, this is a great victory for the liturgy and a great moment of hope for the entire Church. Let us pray that the Pope will continue to win victories for Christ and His Church!

A short essay on semantics

Here is a short entry on why semantics in Bible translations is extremely important. Take for example this short passage from the Gospel of St. Luke. [Emphasis mine]

St. Luke 22:31-32 (English - Confraternity Edition)
(31) And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. (32) But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith may not fail; and do thou, when once thou has turned again, strengthen thy brethren."

In this translation, it would appear that the Lord is telling Simon that Satan desired to have him, that is Peter. However, let us look at the Latin translation which more carefully adheres to the Greek:

St. Luke 22:31-32 (Latin - Vulgate)
(31) ait autem Dominus Simon Simon ecce Satanas expetivit vos ut cribraret sicut triticum (32) ego autem rogavi pro te ut non deficiat fides tua et tu aliquando conversus confirma fratres tuos

vos - plural you; "you all"
cribro - to sift; cribraret - to sift you plural; "to sift you all"
te/tu - singular "you"
tua - singular "you"
tuos - plural "your"

Now we see that Satan demanded "you all", that is to say all Christians, so that he may sift them all like wheat. However, our Lord prayed for Peter that he may have the faith to lead all Christians - that he may strengthen us.

That is to say Christ established Peter in the role to lead all Christians, without whom we are left to Satan, who will sift and destroy us. It is easy to see that this is true in our own times. One need not look further than the multitude of denominations and separations that occurred once people left Peter and the Church.


Further thoughts -

St. Matthew 16:13-18 (English - Confraternity Edition)
(13) ... "Who do men say the Son of Man is?" (14) But they said, "Some say, John hte Baptist; and others, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." (15) He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" (16) Simon Peter answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." (17) Then Jesus answered and said, "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to thee, but my Father in heaven. (18) And I say to thee, thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

When Jesus asked the disciples who the people said He was, there were a number of responses. There were those in the general population who thought he was one prophet or another. But when Jesus asked his disciples who they thought He was, Peter answered alone and with authority, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." When Jesus answered him, he notes that no man could know that - that it was revealed to him by God the Father. He continues on and calls Simon "Peter" - the rock upon which He will build His Church.

What is in a name?
In ancient times names had a lot of meaning and value. Take for example the name Jesus which translates into "God saves" in Hebrew. It is quite intriguing then that Christ would call one of his disciples Peter, which translates quite literally into "Rock."

We find "rock" many times throughout the Bible - most often referring to literal small stones - but other times we find "Rock" (capital "R") - most often referring to God himself. But we know that Peter/Rock is not God. Why, then, is Jesus calling Simon Rock? Christ himself is the Rock - the cornerstone of the one true Church. What he is telling Simon/Peter/Rock is that he will engage in a sort of spiritual marriage with Him. When Simon/Peter speaks, he speaks with the authority of Rock/God. It is with this authority that Christ establishes his Church. He, through Peter, will lead His flock.

This is what the Church has always taught - that Peter and those who succeed Peter (ie. the Popes), when speaking on matters of faith and morals, speaks with the authority of Jesus. It is through the above passages that it is made clear that without this constant voice of Christ leading the Church, that the followers would be sifted like wheat and separated by Satan.

Therefore let us pray for Christian unity - that Christ may lead His one Flock with His one Shepard.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Okay, so I'm horrible at updating my blogs! Ah well, life generally keeps me busy so I don't have just a whole lot of time to come around to these things. At any rate, I figured you deserved an update!

Well first, the big news. Aprill and I will be moving back to Texas in December! My parents are going to help us buy a house, so we're really excited! Plus, we'll be really close to our family and friends. And hopefully we'll be there for a really long time. We're both sick of moving!

Which brings me to my next question. Is there anyone in the Arlington, Texas area that currently attends the extraordinary form of Mass? We're looking for a parish to call home there.

School is going well and it keeps me busy most of the time. Once we move back to Texas I'll be continuing my education through distance courses over the internet. It will be a bit different, but I have taken some online courses while I was here, so it shouldn't be too much of a change for me.

Overall, we're very excited and can't wait. We will definitely miss all of our friends that we made in Arizona, though.

Please keep us in your prayers, and we will certainly keep you all in ours!

PS Hopefully it won't be months until my next update =)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Summorum Pontificum Contact Database

The motu proprio has been released! The next step is to start putting the Catholic faithful who want to assist at the extraordinary form of the Holy Mass in touch with Catholic priests who want to say the extraordinary form of the Holy Mass.

Link Here