Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day (or is it?)

Irish bishops move St. Patrick's Day 2008 over conflict with Holy Week

Dublin, Jul 19, 2007 / 10:42 am (CNA).- Religions celebrations for St. Patrick's Day will come two days early in Ireland next year to avoid a conflict with Holy Week.

St. Patrick's Day is usually celebrated March 17, but Ireland's bishops have shifted the feast day, in honor of the national saint, to Saturday, March 15, reported The Associated Press.

Church authorities reportedly spent weeks debating where to move the feast day because March 17, 2008, falls on the second day of Holy Week next year.

The liturgical norms would require the feast day to be moved to the earliest available date after Easter, which would be April 1. But church officials said the Vatican approved the March 15 date in order to minimize conflict with the scheduled civic events.

While religious celebrations honoring St. Patrick are affected, religious and secular authorities stressed this would not change secular festivities. The St. Patrick's Festival Committee in Dublin confirmed that next year's parade would be March 17 as usual. In addition, Monday, March 17, will remain an official day off of work in Ireland.

This marks the first time the date has been changed since 1940. The next conflict with Holy Week is not expected until 2160.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Beati Pauperes Spiritu

“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” – Matthew 5:3

I’ve pondered the meaning of this Beatitude and what it means for my life for quite some time. To be poor in spirit is to recognize that all we have is God’s gift: our very existence, our families, our health, our talents, our situations in life, even our successes. I often find that I give myself way too much credit for my accomplishments and successes, rather than humbly thank God for giving them to me.

Lent is coming to end; Easter is just two weeks away. I’m planning on receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation sometime before this next Sunday, Palm Sunday… the beginning of Holy Week. Typically when I examine my conscience prior to Confession, I use the Ten Commandments as a guide; however this time, I plan to use the Beatitudes enumerated by Christ as my guide. After all, the Beatitudes are at the heart of Christ's preaching and are His guidelines for one to receive the Kingdom.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Ohio – Bowling For Soup


She said she needed a break
A little time to think
But then she went to Cleveland
With some guy named Leland
That she met at the bank.
There’s nothing wrong with Ohio
Except the snow and the rain.
I really like Drew Carey
And I'd love to see
The Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame.

So when you’re done
Doing whatever
And when you're through
Doing whoever
You know Denton county
Will be right here waiting for you.

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
Before you lose your accent
And forget all about
The Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I've got every slow dance saved
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway.

I think I made a mistake
It's not that easy to take
She went to make a deposit
Then she cleaned out her closet
Guess I'll sit here and wait
For her to come back home
(I wish she'd come back home)
It shouldn’t take very long
(So long, so long)
I bet she misses the sunrise
and Mrs. Baird's fruit pies
(but I could be wrong)

So when you’re done
Doing whatever
And when you're through
Doing whoever
You know Denton county
Will be right here waiting for you.

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
I bet you missed your exit
And drove right on through the Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I've got every slow dance saved
Besides the Mexican food sucks north of here anyway

Troy Aikmen wants you back
Willie Nelson wants you back
NASA wants you back
And the Bush twins want you back
Pantera wants you back
And Bluebell wants you back

I got a premonition
I'm taking a petition
And the whole state's gonna sign

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
Before you lose your accent
And forget all about
The Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I’ve got every slow dance saved

Come back to Texas
It's just not the same
Since you went away
Before you lose your accent
And forget all about
The Lonestar state
There's a seat for you at the rodeo
And I've got every slow dance saved
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway.
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway
Besides the Mexican food sucks
North of here anyway, yeah.

I’ve wanted to do a posting on this song for a really long time now, and I feel it appropriate now to do so due to the overwhelming attention that Texas has received during this presidential campaign. (Ohio too, but as this song suggests, Texas is better! Haha!)

Before I get to the great significance of Texas in this year’s presidential primary and general election, I’d like to talk a bit about Texas, my home. I was born a Texan, I grew up in Texas, and despite its numerous issues, I dearly love Texas. I would never move anywhere else. This is where I was born; this is where I’ll die.

Because of the large size of Texas and its unique history, the regional affiliation of Texas is often debated. Historically and culturally, it has very close ties to the South; however, due to Texas's history as a Spanish colony, its border with Mexico, and its large Latino population, Texas can also be considered a Southwestern state. All the same, while most residents recognize these categories, many claim an independent identity superseding regional labels. Texas is like its own country onto itself.

Anyway, now back to the elections and Texas… During almost every presidential primary (the election to nominate a candidate for a particular party), Texas is so far down the list on the election calendar that we don’t get to make a decisive impact on the primary elections. By the time we vote, the candidates are already chosen… but not this year. This year, everything is different.

So I just got home from my precinct’s Democratic Party Caucus Convention to caucus for Barack Obama. Just to give you a little history on state precinct caucuses in Texas… Typically a precinct caucus only consists on average of about 5-15 voters. Most people don’t participate in them because it can be time consuming. Our Democratic Party Caucus for my precinct had 600-800 voters tonight!!! This is completely unheard of and utterly unprecedented!!! The Republican Party Caucus only had about 10 people. Haha!!!

Tonight's Unprecedentedly Large Caucus at Precinct 350



(I wish I could have taken more pics, but there were just too many people bumping into me and every time my camera phone slightly moved, the pictures taken would be blurred.)

What I saw tonight at the caucus (and at the early voting polls in the primary) was the systematic destruction of the corrupt Republican rule in Texas. I think the Republicans have a great deal to be concerned about during the general election this November. Texas has been a stronghold for Republicans for quite awhile, but it may actually vote Democrat in this up-coming presidential election for the first time in several decades, crushing any hope that Republicans have at winning the White House.

This election is clearly a referendum on President George W. Bush. People are absolutely disgusted at the state of the Union and rightfully hold him responsible for it. He may have single handedly set back the Republican Party for the next several decades. Not only is the Republican Party poised to lose the White House, but I anticipate they will suffer massive losses nation-wide in other elections.

Seeing how Texas will truly be a competitive state in the upcoming general election, candidates will actually have to campaign here for a change. So my message to Barack Obama, who will most likely be the Democratic Party nominee… “Come Back To Texas!”

Monday, March 03, 2008

Heeeeere's Johnny!

Jack Nicholson rocks! Even though I truly love this endorsement video, but I’m still supporting Barack Obama. If you haven’t seen it already, take a gander… it’s great!

Late Nite Political Laughs

Who would have thought that Letterman, Leno, & SNL would be leading in some of the best interviews and appearances with presidential candidates? The times have definitely changed. It appears that issues and policy aren’t nearly as important to Americans as personality and humor. Honestly, I don’t know if that’s good or bad. At least Americans are engaged (though in an odd manner) in the politics of the country.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Always On My Mind – Michael Bublé


Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have
Little things I should have said & done
I just never took the time

But you were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Maybe I didn't hold you
All those lonely, lonely times
And I guess I never told you
I'm so happy that you're mine
If I made you feel second best
Girl, I'm sorry I was blind

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind

Tell me, tell me that your
Sweet love hasn't died
Give me, give me one more chance
To keep you satisfied
Satisfied

Little things I should have said & done
I just never took the time

You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind
This last Thursday evening, Jimmy took me to a Michael Bublé concert at the Frank Erwin Center. This show was absolutely amazing! Michael Bublé has a phenomenal voice, he’s extremely funny, and he’s quite attractive. If you’ve never been to one, I highly recommend going! It was awesome!

Anyway, one of the songs Michael Bublé performed was this one. So fellow Texans, please don’t crucify me as if I committed some cardinal sin by not putting up Willie Nelson’s version of this song!

Every time I hear this song, it reminds me quite a bit about myself. Even though I’m pretty vocal about numerous things (and very articulate at that), I’ve always struggled considerably in affirming the way I feel about others, especially those who
I care about the most. I certainly don’t tell my family and friends enough that I care and love them. I do, very much so. I just don’t profess it to them the way they truly deserve.

As much as I do this to others, I know I give a good dose of this to Jimmy as well. I don’t tell him how much he means to me nearly enough. I don’t tell him enough how he’s the person who has been the most significant, positive influence in my life. I don’t tell him enough how he brightens my life. I don’t express to him sufficiently that I’m always excited to be in his presence and am grieved when I’m not. I don’t tell him enough how truly and deeply in love I am with him. I certainly don’t tell him adequately that he’s the best part of my life. I don’t tell him enough that he’s always on my mind!