Sunday, September 19, 2010
Benedict XVI's Homily on the Eve of Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman's Beatification
One of four great homilies/speeches I've heard this week from the Holy Father. Read the whole thing here.

This part in particular should be a good instruction to all of us Catholic young adults:

One of the Cardinal’s best-loved meditations includes the words, “God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another” (Meditations on Christian Doctrine). Here we see Newman’s fine Christian realism, the point at which faith and life inevitably intersect. Faith is meant to bear fruit in the transformation of our world through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives and activity of believers. No one who looks realistically at our world today could think that Christians can afford to go on with business as usual, ignoring the profound crisis of faith which has overtaken our society, or simply trusting that the patrimony of values handed down by the Christian centuries will continue to inspire and shape the future of our society. We know that in times of crisis and upheaval God has raised up great saints and prophets for the renewal of the Church and Christian society; we trust in his providence and we pray for his continued guidance. But each of us, in accordance with his or her state of life, is called to work for the advancement of God’s Kingdom by imbuing temporal life with the values of the Gospel. Each of us has a mission, each of us is called to change the world, to work for a culture of life, a culture forged by love and respect for the dignity of each human person. As our Lord tells us in the Gospel we have just heard, our light must shine in the sight of all, so that, seeing our good works, they may give praise to our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:16).

Here I wish to say a special word to the many young people present. Dear young friends: only Jesus knows what “definite service” he has in mind for you. Be open to his voice resounding in the depths of your heart: even now his heart is speaking to your heart. Christ has need of families to remind the world of the dignity of human love and the beauty of family life. He needs men and women who devote their lives to the noble task of education, tending the young and forming them in the ways of the Gospel. He needs those who will consecrate their lives to the pursuit of perfect charity, following him in chastity, poverty and obedience, and serving him in the least of our brothers and sisters. He needs the powerful love of contemplative religious, who sustain the Church’s witness and activity through their constant prayer. And he needs priests, good and holy priests, men who are willing to lay down their lives for their sheep. Ask our Lord what he has in mind for you! Ask him for the generosity to say “yes!” Do not be afraid to give yourself totally to Jesus. He will give you the grace you need to fulfil your vocation. Let me finish these few words by warmly inviting you to join me next year in Madrid for World Youth Day. It is always a wonderful occasion to grow in love for Christ and to be encouraged in a joyful life of faith along with thousands of other young people. I hope to see many of you there

God bless you all! BLESSED JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN, PRAY FOR US!!!! After being formed and instructed in the faith by Oratorians for most of the past three years (and consequently, praying for Newman's beatification along with them), how glorious it is to be able to invoke his intercession like this! Deo gratias!!!
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Monday, September 13, 2010
Pet Peeves of the Day
~Having a computer which I have to completely reset at least three times since I got it last October.

~Having a computer that has randomly shut down on me at least 10 times in the past 2 days, preventing me from making significant progress on my paper for fear that it will lose it all.

~Having to talk to a customer service representative over chat instead of over the phone to describe my problems.

~Having to pay money if I even WANTED to talk to a customer service representative on the phone.'s all for the souls of Purgatory, I guess. And, in a way that is less apparent right now, for my own patience and purification.

Dear Apple Corporation, you just became 500 times more appealing. If you were to offer this poor college student a good deal on a Macbook within the next two weeks, she would be pretty darn eager to take it. :-P
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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Highlights of Week 2
~Went to Phantom of the Opera on Sunday night with my sister Steph for her birthday. As expected, the show was phenomenal!!! :) Steph and I both thoroughly enjoyed the show, loved the fancy theater, and were excited that we got to see the show on its last Broadway tour.

~Classes are starting out just fine. Homework is picking up, but unfortunately, motivation level is not yet. ;)

~The girls of my household all consecrated ourselves to Mary through the Maximilian Kolbe formula on September 8, Mary's birthday. We promptly celebrated with cupcakes, champagne, and limoncello!

~I had a picnic lunch on the Cathedral of Learning lawn with the lovely, newly-married Caitlin B this afternoon. It was so nice to chat with her, seeing as I haven't really gotten to catch up with her since we met up in Rome! I hope that this will become a regular occurrence!! :)

~This picture. The brainchild of Emily B, at the (not-very-specific-so-this-is-what-he-got) request of James L:

~The opportunity to reflect upon how very far my friends have come since freshman year. I have had the immense privilege of knowing a certain group of people and seeing them grow and mature over the past four years. I actually found myself getting choked up today--I thank God immensely for allowing me to watch His transforming grace in action in the lives of my friends. I hope that when the right time comes, I will be able to tell them just how thankful I am for them.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010
Shall we dance?
As part of Catholic Rush Week, we're holding a dance entitled "Dancing through the Decades." My fashonista housemate Lady Aimee compiled a 50s-style outfit for me from her storehouse of available outfits:

Aimee is part-owner of a fledgling fashion company here in Pittsburgh called Second Stitch Limited, which she and two of our friends started last spring. Go check out their website to find out more about what them! I know they all work really hard--Aimee's room is somewhat of a mix between a bedroom and a fashion studio--so she makes clothes while still doing her work as a full-time student at Carnegie Mellon's pretty sweet!!! :)


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Brief Update on the First Week of School
I find I write more consistently if my thoughts don't have to be consistent. So, here are the bullet points of my life this week! :)

Classes I'm taking: Intro to Logic, Computer Aided Design, English Comp, Latin Prose, Intro to Electrical Engineering for Non-Majors, and Operations Research. Also sitting in on Catholic Life and Practice with the learned Fr. Michael Darcy! :-D

~Logic professor is kinda confusing. I can basically understand the material I read...until he begins to explain it.

~CAD doesn't seem like it should be too bad. Homework is straightforward, and kinda fun! I like seeing what you can produce on the computer.

~English Comp is commonly known as Freshman COmp. But because I did not take it as a freshman, well, here I am as a senior!

~Latin Prose may be below my ability level, but maybe not. I'm finding that I need to re-orient myself to Classical style and pronunciation after doing the Vulgate last semester. Plus my remembering of vocabulary is not what I'd like it to be.

~Intro to EE was the bane of everyone's existence last year, but this prof doesn't seem too bad. Apparently last year's was just awful, but I'm hoping that is not the case this year. Electricity and Magnetism never really stuck with me in high school or college. (No pun intended!)

~Ops research is relatively straightforward. Seems to draw on a lot of Linear Algebra.

~Catholic Life and Practice is an awesome class to sit in on! And having a Latin Bible has been an awesome plus--Fr. Mike knows so much about the theology behind the specific Latin/Greek words used. It's extremely interesting and exciting!

And in general...

~Missing Rome as I return to classes here. I thought wistfully on the bus on my first day to school about how, on the first day of school in Rome, we passed Fr. Danda who wished us a good day when we passed him at the Greg on the way to the Ang. For the first three days, I saw dozens of people who reminded me of Bernardians. (Surely my own wishful thinking, no doubt.) I no longer receive the same spiritual enrichment from my classes (at least not specifically), so it feels quite like I'm entering back into the humdrum rhythm of classes I was previously used to.

~And speaking of the humdrum rhythm of classes, I'm learning more and more how the Lord desires these humdrum moments as well so that He might draw you to Himself even there. :)

~We had Catholic Rush Week this week!!! This is the week at the Newman Center where we basically have a full week of fun stuff to bring in the freshmen and, really, to connect with each other again as well.

~I had lunch with 2 of my friends from high school, Sammie and Angela. I love seeing these girls again! Also got the chance to have coffee (or Frappuccino, as it turns out) with the lovely Alex M, who went to my youth group back in the day and just started at Pitt this week.

~Yes, while I miss Rome, I guess it's good to be back here too. The ladies of the Citadel have been lovely housemates, and I'm looking forward to the year with them!! :)
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