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Fidentem piumque animum

Fidentem poumque animum is another encyclical on the Rosary by Pope Leo XIII. This one is pretty short and simple one. It starts with the whole general idea of Pope Leo reminding everyone that we’ve sent out numerous Encyclicals about how important the Rosary is and how everyone should be praying it especially in the month of October. This turns into a look at how important prayer in general is everything. Leo notes “The Fathers and Doctors in subsequent times have taught that this is a matter of such grave necessity, that if men neglect it they hope in vain for eternal salvation.”  Leo continues that the Rosary is a deeply Christ-centric prayer. It concludes with the request to pray the Rosary during October. This is basically the entirety of the Encyclical

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The AL/NL Championship Series

Well after a pretty thrilling divisional round where error played a big role with over 30 errors between all the teams. We saw the Red Sox continue to flounder in the postseason and the heavily favored Cleveland Indians fall to the New York Yankees in 5 games in the American League over in the National League  the Dodgers cruised to the Championship while the Nationals and Cubs play a fierce 5 game series complete with 2 shutouts, 2 no-hitters that turned into losses, and a mind blowing final game.

As for the Championship series we have some exciting games that are going to happen. It will be the first time that Houston has made it to this round since it moved to the American League and following their first series win since 2005 when they won the National League. They will face the Yankees who haven’t been here in 5 years when they were swept by the Tigers. The last time they met each other in the playoffs was the Wild Card game back in 2015. This was a while ago. The Astros had a long layover between their win in the ALDS and this first game of the ALCS so Houston will be well rested and the Yankees having gone 5 with Cleveland will be on a day rest. I’m not sure what’s better to be well rested or battle tested. It would be great if the Astros got to the series in the American League as they’d be the only team ever to have been for both leagues. However it could go to the Yankees.

In the National League it will be The Dodgers who were there last year but haven’t won an NL Pennant since 1988 when they also last won the World Series so there is that going on. Meanwhile the Cubs are in there again so it’s a rematch of last years NLCS, Let’s hope that the Dodgers can beat them this time around. I’m not sure with the extended drama that was the division series if either team (Cubs or Nationals) would have been a huge threat to LA but who know what will happen. Reading online it seems that the Dodgers thought that the Cubs would be a harder series to win but looking at the errors and lack of runs in the Division series, I’d say that’s not so now. So Dodgers seem like the team to win in the NL.

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Fatima 100 (October)

This is the last of the apparitions of Our lady to Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia. Over the evening of 12 October it rained throughout the night and on the morning of the 13th the skies were overcast. Once again there were crowds of people at the Cova. When they first arrived the Lady appeared and Lucia asked “What do you want of me?” The Lady responded that she wanted a chapel built here and continue to pray the Rosary everyday. She also revealed that she is The Lady of the Rosary. As the Lady of the Rosary rose toward the east she turned the palms of her hands toward the dark sky. and the sun busted through the clouds and is seen to be a soft spinning disk of silver. This is where we have two different apparitions as the spectators saw the miracle of the sun while the children saw as Lucia recalls St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the sun.  Joseph and the Child traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands. After this disappeared Our Lord and Our lady it seemed that it was Our Lady of Sorrows. Our Lord appeared to bless the world in the same manner as St. Joseph had done. This apparition also vanished, and Lucia herself saw Our Lady once more, this time resembling Our Lady of Carmel (foreshadowing her vocation). As for the Miracle of the Sun the reports of what happened vary between the different observers some say that the Sun danced others say that their previously wet clothes along with the wet muddy ground became completely dry. People could look up at the sun without burning their eyes, the sun was yellow, blue, orange.  Scientist say it was the atmospheric optical phenomenon known as a sundog.

If you have a chance pull out a Rosary and pray it. This is the repeated message of Our Lady pray the Rosary and too many of us can’t even take the time to pray it.

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A Rumor of War

With Ken Burns and Lynn Novak’s new documentary miniseries The Vietnam War. I though it was the perfect time to re-read the seminal memoir of Vietnam. It was written by Phillip J. Caputo that came out at the time at the right time when America was turning the tide on how they thought about Vietnam. Rumor of War has been published in 15 languages and has sold over 2 million copies. When I first read it it was for school I took a class on the US in the 60s  each week we were to read and bring in a book review on the book for the week and we’d discuss what them in class. So when I first read it I mostly skimmed it so to get through it in a week and wrote up a book review on it that way. However this time I got around to actually going through and read it, it was a plus to have all the knowledge from the miniseries fresh in my mind as well as some of the things I didn’t understand as well when I first read it. If you were intrigued to go any deeper into The Vietnam War A Rumor of War is the classic solider memoir and provides a unique perspective to the conflict.

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New Star Wars Trailer

I case you were looking here is a link to the new trailer for Star War: The Last Jedi. It comes out in December. Sure Rian Johnson was expressed some wishes for people to come into the film with no idea of what’s coming but the film comes out in two months and I am sure that most of us are going to forget much of what happens in the trailer in a couple of weeks. Also this is just a reminder that the final season of Star Wars Rebels returns in about a week on DisneyXD.

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NHL season begins

So this snuck up on me this year I knew it was preseason and now it’s the regular season already. As the season begins some general predictions by division.

In the East we have the Metropolitan and Atlantic Divisions the past couple of seasons the Penguins have taken home Lord Stanley’s Cup the past two seasons and it seems like everyone wants them to win a third, but watching their first couple of games it’s not looking great.

Metropolitan Division is going to be between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins once again this year perhaps the Columbus Blue Jackets might make some noise as well but we should expect the NY Rangers and Carolina Hurricane to round out the top five teams.

Atlantic Division is a bit harder to pick out a winner. However it seems like the teams from Canada the Toronto Maple Leafs,  Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators will be there along with perhaps Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and maybe the Detroit Red Wings.

In the West we have the Central and Pacific Divisions. This year the Pacific adds the Golden Knights in Las Vegas, they are expected to be horrible.

Central Division is the Chicago Blackhawks to lose. It looks like the Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and maybe Dallas Stars.

Pacific Division has been the Anaheim Ducks division for the past five years, so it seems like a safe bet. Along with Anaheim perhaps the San Jose Sharks along with Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames

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The AL and NL Division Series

Today the Baseball playoffs begin in earnest as the American League Division Series starts today at 4 PM on the Major League Baseball Network, it’s that time of year when we all search for the network, as the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros meet in Houston. This is the first time that these teams have ever met in the playoffs but they finished the season against each other during the regular season the home team won the series with Houston winning four last weekend in Houston while Boston took two of three in June. The night continues at 7:30 PM on Fox Sports 1, with the New York Yankees traveling to Cleveland to face the Indians. If history continues the Indians look to be favorites to win as the past two times they met in the division round playoffs Cleveland has come out on top, these past wins came in 1997 and 2007 in 98 they met in the Championship series and New York won.

Most pundits are having the Cleveland Indians make it through easily as well as the Houston Astros. Although if those other teams the Yankees and Red Sox made it that would be the series that people would want to watch. However it looks like the Indians will make it through and the rotation in Houston will be tough to play against, but they were just playing so either team could win.

On Friday we get a whole lot of baseball as the day begins at 2 PM when the ALDS continues then in the evening the National League Division Series begins at 7:30 PM on TBS as the Washington Nationals take on the Chicago Cubs in Washington. This is the first post season meeting between the two teams in the regular season Washington took the season series but the last time they played was back in early August. This game is followed by the Arizona Diamondbacks traveling to LA to face the Dodgers at around 10:30 PM and this looks like a tough series for the Dodgers as the past two series the D-backs swept the Dodgers.  It’s the first time that these two have met in the postseason. So who knows how this series is actually going to go.

Experts are pulling for the Nationals and the Dodgers for a rematch of last years epic NLDS. Although there are some that are saying that the Cubs might get by the Nationals since they have played more meaningful games lately. I’m pulling for the Nationals and D-backs to advance since that looks like an easier series to win, but as long as the Nationals get into the Championship series I’d be happy.

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Quamquam Pluries

Quamquam Pluries is an Encyclical by Leo XIII on the Devotion of Saint Joseph. I know you might be asking isn’t this supposed to be about the Rosary since it is October now, well yes you are right but this concerns the Rosary as well. The Encyclical begins although we’ve said it before yet again it seems like it is necessary for special prayers to be offered up “chiefly when every lawlessness of act seems permitted to the powers of darkness” we turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Leo urges praying the Rosary as it turns us to Mary. We should also remember Joseph, the Patron of the Church, for his dignity, holiness, and glory. Since in the ties of marriage, Mary and Joseph became one and “its essence imparts a community of gifts between those that by it are joined together. Therefore God appointed him as a participator in Mary’s sublime dignity. It goes on like this talking about Joseph, how work is a vocation and that the family is the foundation of Christianity and society. These topic were picked up again in Rerum Novarum, which I’ll get to later on. Leo ends this Encyclical by asking for the Rosary to be prayed but to end it with a prayer to St. Joseph in the month of October. It also made his feast day, 19 March, a Holy Day of Obligation. St. Joseph’s feast day is still a Holy Day in some places as it is one of the ten set forth in canon 1246.

The prayer is as followed I think that during this month I will be adding it.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and wilt succor us in our need by thy power and strength.

Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen off-spring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.

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Baseball Playoffs 2017

Well they begin on Tuesday night with the American League Wild Card Game but all the teams are set and most of the matchups have been made. In the AL we’ve got Cleveland, Houston, Boston, New York and Minnesota while in the NL there are Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Arizona and Colorado. This year has some interesting things that can happen in both leagues we know for sure that the NLDS will have a rematch of two NL West teams as the Dodgers will face either the Diamondbacks or Rockies in one there is also a chance that in the AL the same thing could happen with the Indians possibly playing the Twins rivals in the AL Central.

The Twins became the first team to make the playoffs after losing 100 game in the previous season.  It is a pretty unique group of teams as so many have wait for so long to win a World Series with only the Yankees, Red Sox and Cub winning in the past decade.

In the Wild Card games we’ve got the Twins and Yankees playing for the right to battle the Indians in the American League while the Diamondback and Rockies see who is going to travel to LA for a couple of games.  It would be cool if the Twins won since I think it would be a very unique series if they played Cleveland one more time this season. and because think of the storyline if they and the Nationals made it to the World Series the last team from Washington (The Senators in 1924) to win the World Series being the team the Nationals have to get over to win the World Series. In the Arizona and Colorado game they know each other fairly well and both have done well against the Dodgers this year so either team will make for an exciting series. It’s a coin toss in the NL. However this is only a one game series so anybody could win either game.

In the Division Series in the American League there are the Cleveland Indians playing either Twins or Yankees while Boston and Houston match up against each other and these two team have just seem each other facing off in the last series of the season. Over in the National League the LA Dodgers  will play either the Rockies or Diamondbacks while the Nationals and Cubs will be facing off in what most were predicting would have been last years NLCS. More on these games on Thursday.

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Blue Planet II

BBC is doing another giant film on the oceans, and it will be released later this year and hopefully by early next year in the US. The trailer for the new series is out and it look amazing.  Sure it has a newish track from Radiohead and Hans Zimmer (ocean) bloom. It is a reworking of Bloom from The King of Limbs which was according to Thom Yorke who says in the Press Release that  “‘Bloom’ was inspired by the original Blue Planet series so it’s great to be able to come full circle with the song.” This is pretty cool. BBC did the original Planet Earth and Blue Planet series which sort of ushered in the HD era and now with their respective sequels they are ushering in the 4K era. It looks like we all will be exploring the depths of the unknown