Psych movie and Arrested Development season 5

While Browsing on Reddit yesterday I ran across an article that a Psych movie is going to be filming this Summer. I was a big fan of television series in which a psychic detective works as a consultant on cases, however the thing is Psychic detective, Shawn Spencer isn’t really a psychic. Shawn and his best friend Gus team up and help the police solve cases. If you haven’t seen the show I highly recommend it since it is a comedic detective show.  It would be great if they followed in the footsteps of like Colombo which you could basically classify as a TV movie series with several movies set in the Psych universe over the next dozen or so years with the cast aging in real life.

The other thing I read was about Arrested Development that show about the Bluth family. According to Ron Howard they are working to get peoples schedules to work together. However Buster Bluth himself Tony Hale has said that hopefully they will be filming this upcoming summer. When ever this happens let’s hope that they have everyone at the same time so the show can be more like seasons 1-3.


Pope TED Talk and Kenan Thompson

There were a couple of cool thing I found on the internet yesterday first off. His Holiness Pope Francis Skyped in a TED talk in it Francis talks about how the only future worth living in is one in which we all work together. It’s basically the message from the parable of the Good Samaritan, we need to look out for each other no matter who they are.

The other interesting thing is a nice article on Huffington Post about Kenan Thompson, from All That, Kenan and Kel, and currently SNL. It offers a unique look at how important Kenan is to the show. Thompson who is currently in his record tying 14th season with SNL and it doesn’t look like will be leaving the show anytime soon. It nice to see a kid grow up doing sketch comedy and be successful at it.

Bill Nye Saves the World

Netflix has recently added a new show with Bill Nye. It’s a talk show that has a base in science in general it came out just in time for Earth Day. It sort of like Star Talk I guess but more focused on a single topic like the old Bill Nye, the Science Guy show. It takes a look at topics ranging from Climate Change and alternative medicine to sex and GMOs. Now this show has gotten some bad reviews as people are saying that it is uninformative, dumbed down, glosses over topics, political and not sure who the key demographic is.

Yet, this is what people in America need, most of us aren’t that scientifically literate to understand a lot of things. I mean look at the numbers of climate change deniers out there. Not to mention the current head of the EPA and President aren’t big fan of science. Science needs to be an aspect of all of our lives and we should understand it. Sure the simplicity of Bill Nye might be not what some people need but it gets some basic ideas out to people about the world and how science is all around us. If the show gets a second season perhaps the kinks will be worked out and it will be a better show which will help bring more science to the masses. More science would be great like that commercial with Millie Dresselhaus, It would be wonderful if we could name more than a handful of living scientist (Hawkings, Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson).

Month of May

Typically, these are post about the Rosary reflections on the different decades, but over the next couple of weeks we will be looking at some more Marian documents and Our Lady of Fatima since May is one of the two months of the year dedicated to Mary and this year marks the centenary of Fatima.

Last year it was rather scatter shot we looked some of the prayers, an encyclical and finished up the Rosary reflection. This year we’re looking at several of Pope Pius XII’s Encyclicals as he is the Fatima Pope, since he was made a bishop on May 13. 1917 the date of the first apparition at Fatima and is considered the Pope of Fatima.

The Encyclicals are going to be Deiparae Virginis Mariae and Auspicia quaedam. Then we will reflect on what happened 100 year ago in Fatima and then what happened this year. Following this there will be something else that’s yet to be decided.

Stanley Cup 2017: Round 2

The NHL playoffs are happening and going pretty quick but lasting very long. In the opening round half of the matchups went 6 games and none had to go to a Game 7, however there were 18 overtime game in this single round of the playoffs. So we are now on to Round 2, starting on Wednesday/Thursday. Of the five Canadian teams that were in the playoffs two have advanced to this round one in the East and one in the West. So there is a small chance that there could be an all Canada Stanley Cup final, however unlikely that seems to be.

Over in the West we’ve got the St. Louis Blues facing off against the Nashville Predators and the Anaheim Ducks squaring off against the Edmonton Oilers. The Predators are on a hot streak after shocking the world by sweeping the top seeded Chicago Blackhawks, this was the first time that an 8 seed swept a 1-seed. It should be an exciting series to watch. Out on the West Coast Anaheim is coming off a sweep but Edmonton is hoping to regain the glories of the 80s. Nashville and Edmonton both won the season series against their respective teams and that last time Edmonton faced Anaheim in the playoffs the Oilers advanced.

In the East there is the most hyped series which is the two best teams in hockey facing off and they happen to be bitter rivals. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are playing a rematch from last year’s second round and hopefully the results are different this time around. During the season they split the four games between them so it will be a tough one. The other game between the NY Rangers and the Ottawa Senators this could be a great matchup but who really knows. Since it seems like it will be the Caps or Pens playing the Rangers for the Eastern Conference title in the next round.

X-files and Fatima Saints

There two news items are on opposite sides of the spectrum, one was widely speculated and the other is a bit unexpected.

Fatima: As we’ve all sort of guessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the children of Fatima who died a long time ago will be Canonized by Pope Francis when he visits Fatima on May 13. I still sort of feel like we should all be expecting Lucia will be Beatified before the year is over as well, perhaps on October 13?

X-Files: On the other side of things Fox has decided to bring back Mulder and Scully for another ten episodes. The show which last aired the six episode “Event series” in early 2016 will air during the 2017-18 television season. Fans are clamoring for them to bring back the old team of writers with the likes of Vince Gilligan, want William to show up at some point, some redemption for characters and for Chris Carter not to write an episode. We will have to wait and see what all they can bring together but hopefully the 10 episode season will get the right balance of episode types.

The Forsaken Merman

I was looking at poems about Easter and sure there were a bunch that were classic and about the Resurrection but then there was this one. It seemed to be on every list that I looked at. This poem is by Matthew Arnold, the so called third greatest Victorian poet behind Tennyson and Browning. In college I took a Victorian poetry class and this was the poem that we read from Arnold and it is fairly long.

The Forsaken Merman by Matthew Arnold

Come, dear children, let us away;
Down and away below!
Now my brothers call from the bay,
Now the great winds shoreward blow,
Now the salt tides seaward flow;
Now the wild white horses play,
Champ and chafe and toss in the spray.
Children dear, let us away!
This way, this way!
Call her once before you go—
Call once yet!
In a voice that she will know:
“Margaret! Margaret!”
Children’s voices should be dear
(Call once more) to a mother’s ear;
Children’s voices, wild with pain—
Surely she will come again!
Call her once and come away;
This way, this way!
“Mother dear, we cannot stay!
The wild white horses foam and fret.”
Margaret! Margaret!
Come, dear children, come away down;
Call no more!
One last look at the white-wall’d town
And the little grey church on the windy shore,
Then come down!
She will not come though you call all day;
Come away, come away!
Children dear, was it yesterday
We heard the sweet bells over the bay?
In the caverns where we lay,
Through the surf and through the swell,
The far-off sound of a silver bell?
Sand-strewn caverns, cool and deep,
Where the winds are all asleep;
Where the spent lights quiver and gleam,
Where the salt weed sways in the stream,
Where the sea-beasts, ranged all round,
Feed in the ooze of their pasture-ground;
Where the sea-snakes coil and twine,
Dry their mail and bask in the brine;
Where great whales come sailing by,
Sail and sail, with unshut eye,
Round the world for ever and aye?
When did music come this way?
Children dear, was it yesterday?
Children dear, was it yesterday
(Call yet once) that she went away?
Once she sate with you and me,
On a red gold throne in the heart of the sea,
And the youngest sate on her knee.
She comb’d its bright hair, and she tended it well,
When down swung the sound of a far-off bell.
She sigh’d, she look’d up through the clear green sea;
She said: “I must go, to my kinsfolk pray
In the little grey church on the shore to-day.
‘T will be Easter-time in the world—ah me!
And I lose my poor soul, Merman! here with thee.”
I said: “Go up, dear heart, through the waves;
Say thy prayer, and come back to the kind sea-caves!”
She smiled, she went up through the surf in the bay.
Children dear, was it yesterday?
Children dear, were we long alone?
“The sea grows stormy, the little ones moan;
Long prayers,” I said, “in the world they say;
Come!” I said; and we rose through the surf in the bay.
We went up the beach, by the sandy down
Where the sea-stocks bloom, to the white-wall’d town;
Through the narrow paved streets, where all was still,
To the little grey church on the windy hill.
From the church came a murmur of folk at their prayers,
But we stood without in the cold blowing airs.
We climb’d on the graves, on the stones worn with rains,
And we gazed up the aisle through the small leaded panes.
She sate by the pillar; we saw her clear:
“Margaret, hist! come quick, we are here!
Dear heart,” I said, “we are long alone;
The sea grows stormy, the little ones moan.”
But, ah, she gave me never a look,
For her eyes were seal’d to the holy book!
Loud prays the priest; shut stands the door.
Come away, children, call no more!
Come away, come down, call no more!
Down, down, down!
Down to the depths of the sea!
She sits at her wheel in the humming town,
Singing most joyfully.
Hark what she sings: “O joy, O joy,
For the humming street, and the child with its toy!
For the priest, and the bell, and the holy well;
For the wheel where I spun,
And the blessed light of the sun!”
And so she sings her fill,
Singing most joyfully,
Till the spindle drops from her hand,
And the whizzing wheel stands still.
She steals to the window, and looks at the sand,
And over the sand at the sea;
And her eyes are set in a stare;
And anon there breaks a sigh,
And anon there drops a tear,
From a sorrow-clouded eye,
And a heart sorrow-laden,
A long, long sigh;
For the cold strange eyes of a little Mermaiden
And the gleam of her golden hair.
Come away, away children
Come children, come down!
The hoarse wind blows coldly;
Lights shine in the town.
She will start from her slumber
When gusts shake the door;
She will hear the winds howling,
Will hear the waves roar.
We shall see, while above us
The waves roar and whirl,
A ceiling of amber,
A pavement of pearl.
Singing: “Here came a mortal,
But faithless was she!
And alone dwell for ever
The kings of the sea.”
But, children, at midnight,
When soft the winds blow,
When clear falls the moonlight,
When spring-tides are low;
When sweet airs come seaward
From heaths starr’d with broom,
And high rocks throw mildly
On the blanch’d sands a gloom;
Up the still, glistening beaches,
Up the creeks we will hie,
Over banks of bright seaweed
The ebb-tide leaves dry.
We will gaze, from the sand-hills,
At the white, sleeping town;
At the church on the hill-side—
And then come back down.
Singing: “There dwells a loved one,
But cruel is she!
She left lonely for ever
The kings of the sea.”

4/16 Massacre: A decade later

This past weekend we remembered the tenth year since the tragedy at Virginia Tech. It was a horrific day across the State of Virginia that day and in the weeks that followed. We were all Virginia Tech. One of the most remarkable things that happened this weekend was that the Yankees payed their respects on Sunday as did the Nationals, with a moment of silence before their games. There were small remembrances around the country but has anything really been done to make schools a safer place or get guns out of peoples homes. The answer to that is an emphatic no. There has actually be an increase in shootings at schools, gun manufacturing has doubled and we currently have a Secretary of Education in favor of guns in school for the oft chance of grizzly bear.

It was a horrible event and sure we all mourned for a couple weeks or a month and forgot about it,  just like we Americans always do. I mean just look at the Sandy Hook shooting you’d have thought if something was going to be done it would have happened after this but nothing came of it.  No real change has happened sure Campus Security has been increased where everyone now has their own alert program that sends out a blast via text and email about what’s happening on or around campus. Yes, this is a good thing but when will we ever take the time and ask ourselves do we really need more guns than people in our country. However, it doesn’t look like anything will be coming in Gun Control over the next 4 years at the national level.

Divine Mercy Novena

In case you’ve forgotten this is the fifth day in the Novena and the intention is for the souls of Those who have separated themselves from the Church. The novena is a way to prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday, it begins on Good Friday and goes until the Second Sunday of Easter. If you haven’t started to novena it doesn’t matter just pray the chaplet for the rest of the week or at least take some time and pray a chaplet of two before Sunday. The Chaplet is from the writing of St. Faustina Kowalska, as it comes from the visions and conversations with Jesus, who made specific promises regarding the recitation of the prayers.

The prayers are as followed and there are a lot of optional prayers. You pray the Chaplet on a regular Rosary and like all prayers begin with the Sign of the Cross.

It can begins with an optional opening prayer “You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.” This can be followed by another optional prayer which may also be used to begin the chaplet, this prayer is repeated three times “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!”

Here is where I begin:
On the three beads you pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary and the Apostle’s Creed.
After this on all the “big beads” typically Our Fathers you pray “Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” and on the “small beads” the Hail Mary’s you pray “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world”. This is prayed as you go around the Rosary. When you reach the end on the medallion in the middle you pray “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world” three times.
This can be followed by another optional prayer “Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.”

After this you get back to the sign of the cross and it’s over. At the end I also add “Jesus, I trust in You” I picked this up from a Polish friend who reintroduced the chaplet to me in college I had done it a couple times way back in middle school. That is the chaplet, it is easier to pray and takes less time than praying a Rosary.


Bright Week

This week in the Eastern Church is known as Bright Week. It’s a continuation of the celebration of the Resurrection and according to the Quinsext Council (Council in Trullo), that one between the third Constantinople and second Nicean, “for a whole week the faithful in the holy churches should continually be repeating psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, rejoicing and celebrating Christ, and attending to the reading of the Divine Scriptures and delighting in the Holy Mysteries. For in this way shall we be exalted with Christ; raised up together with Him. For this reason on the aforesaid days that by no means there be any horse races or any other public spectacle”

The week itself liturgically is considered like a single day. Bright Week ends on Thomas Sunday when the story of the apostle Thomas is read. Now this in itself is a rather interesting idea that Easter last more than one day it is just the beginning of a larger season of the liturgical year. In most of the Western world Easter is celebrated and then quickly forgotten about, sure in some places Easter Monday is a big to do as well, with like the Easter Egg Roll at the White House, Dyngus Day or Wet Monday. However this is a more commonly low key event and secular. Sure a week later we arrive on Divine Mercy Sunday but Easter is 50 days long not only seven Sundays. So if we could do little more to celebrate the season that would be great, crack open some of the Post-Resurrection Gospel stories and reflect on them in these next 49 or so days.