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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
11:51 am
Vocation Music Video
Dear fellow beings : )

Here's something for everyone to enjoy : )


This is a vocation video I made for Philosophers' Day here at the seminary. It is a product of one and a half months of work (from idea to screening).It's inspired by my own vocation, though the stories did not happen EXACTLY as it is portrayed.

It is dedicated to the all the priests and friends who inspired me to follow the call of God to priesthood.

P.S. - I'm not personally in the video itself. It's no secret that I prefer working behind the scenes. : )
P.P.S. - I hope this kind of thing is approved in this community.

Cross posted to Catholicism
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
6:37 pm
In search of a verse!!
(x-posted elsewhere, as well as my own journal)

I am horribly paraphrasing, but I can't remember where I found Paul's teaching about this. . . I want to say it's in 2 Cor, but I could be way off.

"If a friend is doing wrong, talk to them. If they don't listen, bring someone with you, if they still don't listen, bring the church."

Any and all assistance in this search is greatly appreciated!

Current Mood: creative
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
1:22 pm
I have a question . . . . If I may?
Quick question - if God cannot allow anything evil to enter into His holy presence, then how come Satan was allowed to enter into Heaven to make the wager with God about Job?

(x-posted on my own, and on catholicism)

Current Mood: confused
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
8:44 am
Veni Sancte Spiritus
Hi All,

So there's a chance I may be asked to speak about the Holy Spirit at a retreat I'll be helping at later this month. I consider myself to be a pretty poor public speaker, so I figured I should start thinking about it sooner rather than later even if I ultimately won't end up needing to speak. Having said that, does anyone have any thoughts, ideas, or experiences with the Holy Spirit that they'd like to share?

In some ways, I feel that if I do have to make a speech, it could be pretty important. I mean, I feel that in some ways the Holy Spirit is a bit neglected... But it shouldn't be that way. I'll have to give it some thought/prayer.


Current Mood: rushed
Saturday, November 13th, 2010
10:49 pm
I need advice, though I'm not sure this is the place to look . . . ?

I am going to school to work toward, ultimately, becoming a Chaplain. I know I have a long, long way to go, and I accept that.

Recently, my computer crashed. Motherboard is fried. I have no dollars to get a new computer, and I want to get done with school before I'm too old. I'm on a loaned computer right now, but the loan isn't consistent, so I cannot get work done on a consistent time frame.

Someone told me that he would piece together another one for me with spare parts he has laying around. I have seen this attempt happen twice, and for only 45 minutes total. This person is well aware I am in dire need of a computer, so I can finish my school work so I can finish this round of courses, so I can go on to another school and work toward another aspect of what I want to achieve. It's not something that I can just work around by going to the actual campus, as I'm in the States, and the school's based in New Zealand. So, I am now left with the question of do I withdraw and hope I don't have to start over again if I get a computer, or do I just try to take another break, but undetermined amount of time?

There was another "friend" who alleged he'd be able to fix my computer, but he has only taken two attempts at it, and has told me I could borrow his laptop to be able to do my work, but when I have asked, I have been given a barrage of, "Well, we're doing this, or that, or the other thing," and when I've asked if I can borrow it at night, I'm told that they're going to be doing something online overnight. I asked the first "friend" if I could borrow his while he is gone, but he is working on a project, which alright, I get it. Ya need your laptop, that makes sense. When I was having this conversation, the 2nd "friend" tells me, "Well, I guess we can loan you ours while we're asleep." Well, I appreciate it, but there's a problem with that: I need to be able to go to bed at a decent hour, too. I need to be clear headed so I can study and pass my quizzes and my tests. So, I'm stuck. I'm feeling pretty hopeless, and I don't know what to do.

I apologize if this has wasted anyone's time.

Current Mood: crushed
Sunday, April 4th, 2010
1:45 pm
Disrespect during the Easter Vigil.
I'm a brand new Catholic - baptized last night into the grace of our Lord. This was a very important, spiritual time for me and I have spent weeks preparing myself mentally and spiritually for this communion with God.

I arrived early to the service last night to have some quiet time to reflect - boy was I wrong! People milling about everywhere, children running and playing in the front of the church - thank God they didn't go up around the alter! Our service was bi-lingual (they're usually not) and almost all the children were from the Hispanic community. I only mention this last bit because I've only ever been to our English Mass, and I've never ever noticed this sort of thing happening at those.

During the procession of lights (I think that's what it's called? Where we all light a candle from the holy flame and pass it around and then make a procession into the sanctuary) people were talking and pushing and being really rude. As a new Catholic, I was very taken aback by all of this and frankly I felt hurt that people could be so disrespectful during such a wonderful ceremony.

Once we were inside, during the Liturgy of the Word children continued to talk loudly and babies were screaming and crying. Now, I understand that you can't keep a kid quiet all the time, but I find it extremely rude that people wouldn't step outside with their child until they had quieted down. It's so distracting to be trying to listen to the readers and the Father's Homily while there's kids shouting at each other, banging on things and running around. =(

But - here's what really set me on fire. As we began our baptism rites, it seemed like on top of the screaming kids, people were talking and making noise! To me, this is one of the most sacred sacraments that a person can experience - this one lasts a lifetime and to me I think it should be a very reverent time of reflection and quiet celebration. So, as I'm having the holy water poured over me, people continue to chat and children continue to scream and cry. As we go through the rest of the rite, being confirmed and having the crisim put on us, the same.

Then, as we return to our seats and the Father begins to do the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the people quiet down but the children continue to scream and cry. We go up to our first communion and, as I was going from the Father to the server I nearly tripped over a young child who was playing in the floor.

I guess what I'm getting at is that I can't begin to understand how people can be SO disrespectful - not only the God and to the Father, but also to those of us that were celebrating a very special day. I left the church feeling blessed by my experience, but also very unfulfilled because I did not get to have the quiet time of reflection and felt distracted during most of the service because of the noise.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
2:05 pm
The Greatness of Jesus
My friend knockknockkn0ck asked in a recent entry if Jesus is truly better than everyone? As a Catholic Christian, I am perhaps biased toward answering with an emphatic, "Yes!" However, this question struck me as interesting and worth some consideration. What do you think? If someone asked you if Jesus is better than anyone else, how would you respond?

If you are curious, you can find the original post and my response here. :)

~Gold Dragon

Current Mood: busy
Saturday, November 28th, 2009
7:58 pm
I myself am not Catholic, but my best friend is and she's pretty devout. She's married and has a child.
Unfortunately, her husband as of late has severely turned his back on their marriage. They have frequent arguments and this has led to his abusing her from time to time. At the same time, he's also started to lean toward homosexuality.
As friends go, I've been there for her the best I can and we've very closely bonded as a result, to the point that we've found romantic attraction in each other.
I'm edgy to pursue this as I know her beliefs do not include divorce, but we don't want to commit adultery, even though her husband is abusive to her and adulterous with other men.

What do we do in this situation?
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
10:36 pm
My priest friend needs your help!
I have a very good friend who is a priest, and he recently just made a leaflet promoting his congregation. After reading the first draft, I felt really dizzy - the sentences were very long-winded and were absolutely incoherent! So I had to be honest with him and as a result, he asked me to edit and rewrite it for him. I'm halfway through, but it's 11pm and my mind isn't working anymore, so I thought, "Hey, why not seek help?"

It was particularly this part that was incoherent.Collapse )
If any of you can rewrite this properly, I would be eternally grateful! :) God bless.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
7:56 pm
I am still working to understand the true meaning and idea of humility. Humility toward God in all things seems like it is the only way to go. That means accepting the Will of God, even if our human senses disagree with it. It also means recognizing the Power of God, even if things aren't going well. The Will of God (on the surface) may not be done if humans do not choose to use their Free Will to see it done in an Earthly context. However, I can see how submitting to God's Power is key in that regard. I guess that means recognizing that God can take control of any situation at any time if it is His will. Even if disaster strikes (big or small), God's power transcends the Earthly plane. Believing in the Justice of God and in Heaven then becomes crucial. For even if bad things happen here, does that diminish the Kingdom of Heaven and the hope we have of one day being fully reunited with God there?

However, I find humility toward other humans to be more difficult. I can see how being humble might lead someone to put the needs of others before their own needs, which is often a good thing. However, isn't there a line to be drawn? What if you are being abused because of humility? Can someone humbly speak up for himself or herself? Or, what if someone is acting in a manner that may end up hurting himself or herself in the long term? On the surface, it might not be humble to offer advice, insight, or recommendations... But what if nothing is said and the person does end up being hurt or hurting others due to his or her unchanged behavior?


Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
9:57 pm
Welcome to Lent
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Hopefully everyone has a good Lent. Anyone have any thoughts, insights, or perspectives on the Lenten season?

When we were younger, I remember my siblings and I asking my Mom about the rules of fasting. We were asking if drinking orange juice with pulp or drinking milkshakes was legal, and she told us it was probably pushing it. :} Back then, I guess the idea of why we fast escaped us totally. Instead of self-denial, we were thinking about what you can get away with... I guess we probably needed Lent more than we realized. ;)

In a homily a few years ago, we were told that spiritual Lenten habits should stick with us... So if we try to do something good, we should try to stick with it during Easter and beyond... or if we try to give up something that separates us from God, we should definitely try to avoid it beyond Lent. The past few years, I've been pretty successful with Lent, but have had trouble extending it for a full year beyond. It can be frustrating to reflect on my human weaknesses.

One thing I love about Lent is that our parish has extra weekday Masses on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings. It's hard to make it to daily Mass during the normal times over the rest of the year since I work 8-5. I really think the extra Masses help me get through the season. If a similar expanded Mass schedule is available for any of you in your area or if you simply can make it during the regular weekday Mass schedule, I'd really encourage giving it a try. Even if it's only one extra Mass in the middle of the week, I think it would really help me....


Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
10:51 pm
Did anyone else read or hear this homily from Pope Benedict XVI on New Year's Eve? I found it especially moving and uplifting given the turbulent times. It's comforting to remember that God has everything in hand, regardless of how it might seem from a human perspective.....


Current Mood: mellow
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
7:45 pm
Can priests adopt?
I was reading through some news stories in October, describing how an Indian bishop was suspended and investigated for "adopting" an adult woman.

I don't want to discuss the merits of that particular case, but it did lead me to ask: is there anything in canon law that expressly forbids a priest from adopting and raising a child?
Setting aside the media and public bias against the priesthood and the probable outcry, would there be anything in Church doctrine or any Catholic adoption services which would deny this possibility as a rule of law?
Monday, September 8th, 2008
11:57 pm
first post
Hi. I am new to this community. I grew up Catholic but when I was about 16 I stopped going to church & dropped out of my confirmation class. I don't believe in being anti-gay, anti-birth control & I believe in re-incarnation, therefore I decided I was no longer Catholic. When I was 19 I became Pagan (sidenote, I dabbled in this previously at age 14/15) & I will be 25 next month. I always clung to *certain aspects of Catholocism but was never sure if it was b/c I truely believed it or b/c the fear/guilt was engrained in me.

The past few months I have felt this strong urge to go back to church so I started going to a huge & exquisite cathedral with my best friend who is 27 & very Catholic. I always loved going to church & enjoy going now but I am not feeling an urge to convert. My friend & I get in debates & he's been telling me that I think Catholocism is a religion of guilt but it is really one of peace & love. I'd like to believe him, but so far going to Mass & reading books on the subject aren't doing it for me.

Can anyone enlighten me on why Catholocism is the truth? & maybe point me to some good websites. I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

*(one being that although I currently pray to a god & goddess I have always felt a strong connutation between the goddess & the virgin mother)
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
11:46 pm
Struggle for St. Joseph’s Church (Minsk, BELARUS): Catholics announced indefinite fast
27 representatives of Roman Catholic parish of St. Joseph (MINSK, BELARUS) have started an indefinite fasting for return of the buildings of the Bernardine monasteries and the church.

The BelaPAN has been informed about that by a member of the religious community Ivona Matsukevich. As said by her, since August 30 people of different ages, trades and education are taking part in the protest aimed at return of the buildings. Among them are 17-year-old students.

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
12:31 pm
What are your thoughts?
Why does God place amazing people in your life, and then takes them away? I had an amazing friend for 2 1/2 years (even though I've known him for 16 years), and he hasn't spoken to me at all since May for reasons I am unsure of. This was the friend we all have, the one who always makes us feel better, the one we can tell anything to, the one who understands us and doesn't judge us...the one we thank God for everyday. I guess I'm just having trouble figuring out why he had to be taken from me, because I miss having him in my life. I pray all the time for him to have a change of heart, but with each day that passes and I still hear nothing from him, I'm starting to lose hope.

What are your thoughts on this?
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
12:40 pm
Online prayer chains
Not sure if you know about this website, but I find it really uplifting.
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
1:22 pm
Just curious...I know this has probably been asked here about a gazillion and a half times, but what are your thoughts on praying Novenas for certain intentions? I know it's not "magic" or anything, but I know God works in mysterious ways, and I've heard that Novenas are "powerful" because of the dedication put into them.

If you really feel strongly about them, what are your favorite ones to pray, and why?

Basically I'm trying to spend more time praying, and would like to be better at it. I know that sounds silly, but I've been working on my relationship with God over the past few months, and praying is something I need to work on.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts! :)
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008
7:25 pm
I have a story...
...that I want to share.

In December 2004, I was 22 and in the midst of my first year of teaching. I caught strep throat from the kids, but since I hadn't yet switched PCPs in my new hometown, I had to take off work early and drive over an hour to my current doctor back home.

To get to my doctor, I had to drive through busy downtown Pittsburgh, PA. If you've ever been in Pittsburgh or a similar city, you know it truly never sleeps.

Anyway, I made it to the other side of the Fort Pitt Tunnels, driving in the left lane of the highway, when I dozed off from being sick and hit a patch of ice. I immediately jerked awake as my car started spinning. I pushed down and held my brakes down while my car spun faster and faster, no end in sight. I remember gripping the wheel, holding the brake pedal down, and just thinking that my life was over. I was very calm, and I just kept asking God to help me.

I spun at least 7 times when my car suddenly stops. I was now over on the right shoulder (I crossed over both lanes) and was facing in the correct direction. After I caught my breath and realized I was still alive, I looked around. Not one single car was in sight. I have never ever in my life driven on that highway and not seen another car around me. God was truly watching out for me on that day.

Any time I feel my faith running low, I think about that mid-December day, where my parents could have been planning my funeral in place of planning our Christmas family gathering.

I'm now finishing up my fourth year of teaching (now making it through those 4 years is another miracle, haha), and I still think about that everyday and thank God for saving my life.

Current Mood: peaceful
Sunday, May 18th, 2008
7:21 pm
Can you help me write a Call to Worship for a 1st grader to read?
I'm having writers' block big time! I need to write a Call to Worship for one of my 1st graders for Mass for Friday, May 30th, 2008. The Feast is the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Just something simple, nothing too complicated. Thanks in advance!
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