Archive for February, 2006


Monday, February 27th, 2006

Path at Sorrowful Mother Shrine
Lent is here. Why do I like Lent? It is probably the same reason I enjoy cleaning the house and sorting my books every so often. It is good to clean house every so often. Lent gives us a chance to examine those areas of our life that are encumbered by material and sinful things. By denying ourselves physical pleasures and by increasing prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we allow God to transform us. Lent is in some senses a journey of transformation (sorry to use a buzz word!). Either Jonathan or I took this photo at a local shrine. I enhanced it using Google’s Picasa2, which is an amazing, free, photo organization and manipulation program.

Here is my basic Lenten plan (a plan I am sharing with my girlfriend Jennifer). I am not posting this to brag in any way, but to share the ideas we had. Note that numbers 1-3 are expected of all Western Catholics. Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Christians often have stricter requirements. For more ideas we have compiled Suggestions for your Lenten Fast.

1. No Meat on Fridays
2. Fasting on Ash Wednesday
3. Fasting on Good Friday
4. Read Matthew, John, Galatians, Philippians and Jude
5. Follow the Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan
6. No Snacking
7. No Fried Potatoes
8. Save gas by avoiding 1 trip out/week
9. Exercise 3 times/week

Now, here is what sin each activity fights:
1,2,3,6,7,9: Gluttony, materialist attachments
4,5: Ignorance, Sloth
9: General Materialism

Also, the plan is to give any money saved (from not eating fries or taking an extra car ride) to a Catholic charity.


Also, for those interested in discussing the Church Fathers readings online, please check out the schedule for the Catholics Building Bridges Room on Paltalk.

Lent is Coming

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Lent is coming. It is about a week away to be exact. If you are interested in reading the Church Fathers during Lent, please check out the Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan, which will help you read through 205 pages of early Christian writings over 40 days. Our good friend Chad has taken the time and compiled all the readings in one big pdf file: Church Fathers Lenten Reading Plan: With Texts.

Also, I have bought a few books recently that I am looking forward to reading:
The Heart of Catholicism
New Jerome Biblical Commentary
The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice
1940 Hymnal of the Episcopal Church (thanks Jennifer!)

And though it is not a book, it still entertains me:
Andy Griffith Show Season 5 

Internet Explorer 7.0

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Microsoft has released the beta version of Internet Explorer 7.0, which will run on Windows XP platform and their forthcoming Windows Vista. I downloaded it just to see what they have to offer. I don’t find it that exciting…but it does finally render the Church Year. Net index page correctly, which IE Explorer 6.0 does not. IE Explorer 7.0 even seems to render the Complexspiral page correctly. You can download the beta by going to:

I still like firefox, which may be downloaded below with the google toolbar (helpful too in my opinion):


Tag, I’m It!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Chad, who has the cutest baby online, has tagged me. So here goes:

4 jobs you have had in your life:
Department Store Associate
Drug and Alcohol Counselor

4 Goals You’ve Set for This Year
Find a good teaching job
Expand my web endeavors
Write a book
Lose 10 pounds

4 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over:
50 first Dates
Waiting for Guffman
Return of the King
Santa Claus is Coming to Town

4 Places You Have Lived:

Atlanta, Georgia
Athens, Ohio
Other places too…

4 TV Shows You Love To Watch:
Andy Griffith Show
Golden Girls
Mama’s Family

4 Places You Have Been On Vacation:
Clearwater Beach, FL
Pasadena, CA
Charlottetown, PE, Canada
Barcelona, Spain

4 Websites You Visit Daily:
Bloomberg Energy Futures
Catholic Report
Yahoo Mail
Titus One Nine

4 Of Your Favorite Foods:
Buffalo Wild Wings Legs with Spicy Garlic Sauce
Coffee of any kind
Chi Chi’s Seafood Nachos (out-of-business, sadly!)
Hot Garlic Beef (Chinese dish)

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now:
The Autumn
On the Beach 
Hanging out with all my friends who live elsewhere
Teaching at a Catholic School

4 People You Choose to Tag
Choose yourself…I am too lazy!