Thursday, February 21, 2008

Punk and the Rockness

My sister let me borrow a pretty good white Fender Strat Mexican made, which means its lower grade but still a good guitar, even though I would never buy it. I have been writing a lot of songs lately, but I haven't gotten around to writings any lyrics. I am pretty close to starting a new band I think because one of the guys I work with plays bass and I've known him for a really long time and he is down with the idea. I want to start something along the lines of just plain old new rock, not nu-metal but new rock kinda indy sound, like At the Drive In, Promise Ring, Angels and Airwaves, 30 Seconds to Mars, Quadiliacha. It would be a good mix of hardcore punk, riff rock, and and epic vocals of a sort, which would be an awesome mix. When I say hardcore punk though I don't mean like minor threat or fugazi or the pixies, more like Kid Dynamite, and Lagwagon style.

I am working at this retaurant now, Nine, and I am making pretty good money. It rules. Get some!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

So soon, so very soon.

Yes, that's right kids, I am going down to Naples for a week, which will be awesome. Aaron Sandbothe and I are driving down together from my house in Atlanta. The good thing about this trip is that I don't have to pay for everything, and secondly, all of my old friends from Ave will be there except Martin Ford, who is in San Francisco leading young people to their demise. Anyway, there is going to be a Sodality of St. Gregory the Great party for all the members when we get down there so the new members can meet the Alumni founders, that is, if Fr. Garrity hasn't basically dissolved it, but it is not like it would matter anyway because we would still get together and plot things against unsuspecting victims. It will be good to go down and see the new campus in its not so glorious glory, and have dinner and beer with a lot of my friends.

I gotta find something to do tonight so I don't go insane. Pax Christi!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Be a man.

From TrueKnights Blog:

The "Other" Vocations Crisis
by Kenneth Henderson

What does it mean to be a man? We live in a time when the meaning of what it means to be a True Man has all but been lost. The vast majority of men are searching for meaning in their lives but don’t know where to find it. Many seek it in success, money, possessions and sex. Sadly, no man can ever find himself or the meaning of his life in these things.

We hear about the vocations crisis and how we need good priest to come into the Church, but there is another "Vocations Crisis" that is probably doing even more harm to our Church than the lack of priests; the “Other” Vocations Crisis is the crisis of Husbands and Fathers.

Of course this crisis is nothing new; it has been going on for a long time, ever since Adam failed to protect Eve from the temptations of the devil in fact. He froze in the face of danger and thereby exhibited a flaw that all men would deal with for many years to come…passivity. But there have been times in history when husbands and fathers where more in tune with what it means to be a True Man, to be a True Husband, True Father…a True Knight for the Kingdom of God. Arguably, the 20th Century saw the greatest increase in this crisis in all of history.

God created man for a purpose; to be the head of his family, to lead his family to God and protect his family from the dangers of the world, the flesh and the devil. This purpose requires that men strive to live lives of heroic honor, virtue and purity, in an impure world. However, the 20th century could also be labeled the most impure society in all of history.

Modern Men started to loose their sense of purpose early on in the beginning of the 20th century with the feminist movement wanting to equalize the roles of men and women. Later with the introduction of contraception and the “free love” movement that followed in the 60s more and more men became enslaved to a sense of false manhood, a manhood based primarily on financial success and sexual prowess. Isn’t it ironic that in an attempt to equalize the roles, the feminist movement played a major role in the most intense period ever for the objectification of women? Women are valued less now for true womanhood than ever. With the onslaught of pornography, more and more women are falling victim to the mindset that to find love is to be sexually desirable. But I digress and this is a topic for yet another time.

Men are just as much to blame if not more so for this “vocations” crisis. We have abdicated our roles due, yet again, to passivity; the very same flaw that our first parent Adam displayed. We live in a time when false men are fighting false battles, because they have no idea what it means to be a true man; many display swaggering machismo to compensate for a loss of their true sense of purpose.

Man and woman are not to only ones to blame here. Remember that the serpent was also present in the garden, just as he is present today, and with a renewed intensity. The devil has one goal in mind; to destroy humanity. He is also a great strategist and he knows that to defeat any foe, you must take out its leader. Man was created by God to be the “head” of the family, while woman was created to be the “heart.” When the head is cut off from the body, the body dies. Our society is filled with many dead bodies.

The evil one knows the easiest way to render a man helpless, to cut him off from the body; by attacking him with lust and enslaving man to the sins of the flesh. This is why our society is the most sexually immoral society ever. With the easy accessibility of porn on the internet, Satan has been able to enslave more men to sex than ever before. St. Thomas Aquinas said that when man gives into the sins of the flesh, his intellect becomes darkened. So much so that even simple truths can not be understood. Many men are living lives in the darkness. This is why men have been abandoning their families in record numbers, if not by outright abandonment, then by passivity, leaving their families like a body without a head. As The Irish philosopher Edmund Burke observed, all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Sadly this problem is passed on to the next generation because sons will often follow in the footsteps of their fathers. Only when a man comes to recognize his weakness and call upon the grace of God can he begin to break this generational curse.

More men in the middle ages knew their true purpose in the family than many men do today. They practiced the "Code of Chivalry" in which they knew that the key to true manhood was to place women above themselves; to serve and honor women and protect them, especially their wives. They also knew that it took a knight to raise a knight. They knew that the only way to ensure that their sons would be worthy to lead their own families was to strive to be a role model for a life of virtue. They also knew that they where instrumental in determining the fate of their daughters and strove to be the model of the man that their daughters would one day marry. Now while not all men of that period lived this ideal, many did and many also knew the supreme importance of spiritual headship. They understood the importance of being the primary instructor of the faith for their children. This can be seen exemplified in the life of St. Thomas Moore, who placed the welfare and salvation of his wife and children as most important job of his life, even above that of Lord High Chancellor of England...second most powerful man in all of England.

St. Thomas Moore knew that to be a man of heroic honor, virtue and purity, he must also be a man of prayer and a man who defends the supreme Truths of the Catholic faith. He knew that only by centering his life on Jesus Christ and our Lord’s presence in the Holy Eucharist could he have the strength to be the True Man that God created him to be. St. Thomas knew that this meant great sacrifice and was not willing to compromise on any of his beliefs, even if it meant losing his own head...defending the sanctity of marriage. King Henry the VIII had Thomas beheaded because Thomas would not support his decision to go against the Church and divorce his wife. St. Thomas Moore is a model for own times, and there are many others like him. His example shows us the answer for the “vocations” crisis of fatherhood…in fact the priestly and religious vocations crisis as well, because when fathers begin to model the Truths of the faith, then their children will be more inclined to do so as well.

Adapted from a talk given by Kenneth Henderson at the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Catholic Conference on July 21st, 2007

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Lent Cometh

Well I have decided to give up the internet except for absolutely necessity during Lent, mainly just email use will be my thing. And I may use Craigslist to look for jobs here and there if I don't have one soon, so that is it. So I will not really be updating except for Sundays, not that I updated a whole lot anyway, but I waste to much time on the computer as it is.

Not much else to say right now, so keep me in your prayers as my car is messed up and I look for a job that pays well.

Pax Christi,


Sunday, February 3, 2008

Just some thoughts

Well, I got the job at Domino's, but the day I was suppose to go in for orientation my car's fuel injector decided it wanted to die, so I don't think I will be taking that job after all, besides I should spare my car the cross. The library and an electronics store (Fry's) I like a lot are hiring, so I think I will probably end up working at one of those places, the electronics store already called me back, so that is good.

There is a good chance if I get my car fixed by Thursday, which I most likely will, that I will be coming down to Naples, so that will be fun. I really need to get out of Atlanta and hang out with some friends because I do not have a lot of people to chill with around here. Hopefully my car wont do something naughty on the way down there, but once I get there I am going to try and get everyone to donate me 5$ to help with the cost of gas to get down there, kind of like a Malcolm ticket, you wanna see me you gotta pay man! What a horrible, horrible world we live in.

I discovered this new author the other day and went to the library and checked out a couple of his books. He is a Catholic author from down south, Georgia that is, but he is not like Flannery O'Connor, his books are a little more fun I think, not so abstract, although he is extremely philosophical. Anyway his name is Walker Percy, and I am reading Love in the Ruins right now, which is great so far, it about this guy who creates this stethoscope type thing and can see the problems with people's souls and how he lives his life in rural Georgia. His imagery and ways of describing events are fascinating, just his metaphorical and allegorical usage is really some of the best I have read in awhile. I get bored with literature very easily, I don't like it to be overly abstract or in poetical form unless its simple, that is why I am not a big fan of the Iliad or the Odyssey, though I think they are great works, but for me, they are a little to difficult to read because they break thoughts so quickly and use ancient symbolism like crazy, which can be difficult to ascertain sometimes, and I just like to understand things when I read them, not have to look in the dictionary of Homeric literature every five seconds to understand it, so that is my qualm. If I am going to put all that effort into reading something, I'll just read St. Robert Bellarmine in Latin, since I would most likely gain more from it anyway. So after I read this novel I am going to read his philosophical work Life in the Cosmos, which looks really cool, like a psychological Thomistic approach to life, just my thing.

I am going to post again pretty soon on another interesting topic, stay tuned kiddies!