How SMRT are you?


The Stupid Quiz said I am "Totally Smart!" How stupid are you? Click here to find out!

I’m kinda hooked on these tests, I think. Denise (Andy’s friend) had a “Stupid Quiz” posted. My score was pretty good. However, since I’ve studied most of the stuff in the quiz in university (and made a couple of educated/lucky guesses), the test is probably meaningless for me. If it had been based on English literature or biology or something that I haven’t studied much of, my score would have been much worse.

How nerdy are you?

This was kinda fun. Though I will note that post-1990 Hewlett Packard graphing calculators were also RPN, like my HP 48G+. So that part of the test is a little off. I answered pre-1990 just because it is RPN. Those are fantastic calculators!!!

Oh, and I handed in a paper today. Woo hoo. And stuff. 16 pages of it, anyway.

I am nerdier than 87% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
(“High-Level Nerd. You are definitely MIT material, apply now!!!”)

stjoseph-seminary.com updated!

Woo hoo! Last night I made the new stjoseph-seminary.com site live! I plan to add a lot more content in the future, but the basics are there, and it already has more content than it did in the past.

I’m using the Drupal content management system for the site. It has a few quirks (like it’s a pain in the butt to make a menu item with an external link. What the crap?!), but overall I’m pretty happy with it.

Habitat for Humanity

Well, that was cool. And fun. Myself and several other guys from the seminary and Newman College went and helped out for a while with a Habitat for Humanity build. We were working on a 5 unit condo complex. Binh and myself were insulating the basement and stairwell of one complex before we had to leave. Other guys had experience with wiring and electrical codes and they did that; others did carpentry, siding, soffit work, and so on. It was a fun day out, anyway.

One thing kept running through my mind as we were working on this building – a quote from Psalm 127:

If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain do its builders labour;
if the Lord does not keep watch over the city,
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising,
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat:
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

I just had the feeling that, in a sense and totally by the grace of God, were were somehow living that psalm today. I don’t mean to seem arrogant by that; I mean quite the contrary. If it were not for the Lord motivating me/us to do what I/we do, where would I/we be? If not for the God and his action in us, which motivate to reach out to our brothers and sisters in humanity in their need, would there be any meaning behind such work? Would such work even be possible?

Am I making any sense? :-)

Sorry if this is a bit too crazy or theological or whatever… I guess I’m really enjoying how my course in Catholic social teaching is getting me to think about our duty as Christians to reach out to others and the duty of society to set up structures that take care of those who are in need. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, that you do to me,” and all that. A couple of weeks ago a few of us went to visit a L’Arche home for a class project. Again, I was amazed and moved by the witness of people who give of themselves for the sake of others and at the same time call forth the unique gifts of those that they serve. I remember the one line of one of the L’Arche people we spoke to: “Jesus said ‘Blessed are the poor in Spirit.’ We are all poor in spirit.” Gospel love goes both ways; it is never self contained because love by its nature is never self contained.

Ok. </sermon> :-)

Acolyte’d!

Acolyted!This past weekend was fun and meaningful, albeit short. I was back in Macklin to be installed to the stable ministry of acolyte. Yep, I’m stable now! :-) Most of my family, several seminarians, and Fr. Marco made the trip out.

The words of the installation homily are pretty profound. It’s quite amazing to be sitting up there on the hot seat, having this said to you:

“Dear son in Christ, as one chosen for the ministry of acolyte, you will have a special role in the Church’s ministry. The summit and source of the Church’s life is the Eucharist, which builds up the Christian community and makes it grow.
It is your responsibility to assist priests and deacons in carrying out their ministry, and as a special minister to give holy communion to the faithful at the liturgy and to the sick.
Because you are specially called to this ministry, you should strive to live more fully by the Lord’s sacrifice and to be molded more perfectly in its likeness. You should seek to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what you do, so that you may offer yourself daily to God as a spiritual sacrifice acceptable to him through Jesus Christ.
In performing your ministry bear in mind that, as you share the one bread with your brothers and sisters, so you form one body with them. Show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people, and especially for the weak and the sick. Be obedient to the commandment which the Lord gave his apostles at the Last Supper: ‘Love one another as I also have loved you.'”