Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hayley Westenra - Santa Lucia (サンタルチア)



Hayley Westenra - Santa Lucia


Memory by Hayley Westenra


Walking in the Air by Hayley Westenra


Bright Eyes by Hayley Westenra

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Singing to Keep the Mind Awake: Interview with Wendell Berry

Singing to Keep the Mind Awake: Interview with Wendell Berry

Papal Address to Missionaries

Papal Address to Missionaries
"The Baptized Are Called to the Spreading of the Gospel"




VATICAN CITY, NOV. 16, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is the text of the address Benedict XVI delivered today in English to superiors general of missionary societies, in Rome for a meeting organized by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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Your Eminence,
Your Excellencies,
Dear Fathers,

It is a particular pleasure for me to greet you, the Superiors General of Missionary Societies of Apostolic Life, meeting here in Rome at the invitation of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People. Your assembly, which brings together the Superiors of the fifteen Missionary Societies of pontifical right and the six of diocesan right, bears eloquent witness to the continuing vitality of the missionary impulse in the Church and the spirit of communion uniting your members and their manifold activities to the Successor of Peter and his universal apostolic ministry.

Your meeting is also a concrete sign of the historic relationship between the various Missionary Societies of Apostolic Life and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. In these days you have sought to examine new ways of consolidating and strengthening this privileged relationship. As the Second Vatican Council observed, Christ’s command to preach the Gospel to every creature applies primarily and immediately to the College of Bishops, cum et sub Petro (cf. "Ad Gentes," 38). Within the hierarchical unity of the Body of Christ, enriched by the variety of gifts and charisms bestowed by the Spirit, communion with the successors of the Apostles remains the criterion and guarantee of the spiritual fruitfulness of all missionary activity. For the Church’s communion in faith, hope and love is itself the sign and foretaste of that unity and peace which is God’s plan in Christ for the whole human family.

One of the promising indications of a renewal in the Church’s missionary consciousness in recent decades has been the growing desire of many lay men and women, whether single or married, to cooperate generously in the missio ad gentes. As the Council stressed, the work of evangelization is a fundamental duty incumbent upon the whole People of God, and all the baptized are called to "a lively awareness of their personal responsibility for the spreading of the Gospel" ("Ad Gentes," 36). While some Missionary Societies have had a long history of close collaboration with lay men and women, others have only more recently developed forms of lay association with their apostolate. Given the extent and the importance of the contribution made by these associates to the work of the various Societies, the proper forms of their cooperation should naturally be governed by specific statutes and clear directives respectful of each institute’s proper canonical identity.

Dear friends, our meeting today gives me a welcome opportunity to express my gratitude to you and to all the members of your Societies, past and present, for your enduring commitment to the Church’s mission. Today, as in the past, missionaries continue to leave their families and homes, often at great sacrifice, for the sole purpose of proclaiming the Good News of Christ and serving him in their brothers and sisters. Many of them, also in our time, have heroically confirmed their preaching by the shedding of their blood, and contributed to establishing the Church in distant lands. Today, changed circumstances have led in many cases to a decrease in the number of young people who are attracted to missionary societies, and a consequent decline in missionary outreach. All the same, as the late Pope John Paul II insisted, the mission ad gentes is still only beginning, and the Lord is summoning us, all of us, to be committed wholeheartedly to its service (cf. "Redemptoris Missio," 1). "The harvest is great!" (Mt 9:37) While conscious of the challenges you face, I encourage you to follow faithfully in the footsteps of your founders, and to stir into flame the charisms and apostolic zeal which you have inherited from them, confident that Christ will continue to work with you and to confirm your preaching with signs of his presence and power (cf. Mk 16:20).

With great affection, I commend you, together with the members and associates of your various Societies, to the loving protection of Mary, Mother of the Church. To all of you I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of wisdom, strength and peace in the Lord.

© Copyright 2007 -- Libreria Editrice Vaticana

If Anyone Will Not Work, Let Him Not Eat

If Anyone Will Not Work, Let Him Not Eat
Gospel Commentary for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time




By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap

ROME, NOV. 16, 2007 (Zenit.org).- This Sunday's Gospel is one of the famous discourses on the end of the world, which are characteristic of the end of the liturgical year.

It seems that in one of the first Christian communities, that of Thessalonica, there were believers who drew mistaken conclusions from these discourses of Christ. They thought that it was useless to weary themselves, to work or do anything since everything was about to come to an end. They thought it better to take each day as it came and not commit themselves to long-term projects and only to do the minimum to get by.

St. Paul responds to them in the second reading: "We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food." At the beginning of the passage, St. Paul recalls the rule that he had given to the Christians in Thessalonica: "If anyone will not work, let him not eat."

This was a novelty for the men of that time. The culture to which they belonged looked down upon manual labor; it was regarded as degrading and as something to be left to slaves and the uneducated. But the Bible has a different vision. From the very first page it presents God as working for six days and resting on the seventh day. And all of this happens in the Bible before sin is spoken of. Work, therefore, is part of man's original nature and is not something that results from guilt and punishment. Manual labor is just as dignified as intellectual and spiritual labor. Jesus himself dedicates 17 years to the former -- supposing he began to work around 13 -- and only a few years to the latter.

A layman has written: "What sense and what value does our ordinary work as laypeople have before God? It is true that we laypeople also do a lot of charity work, engage in the apostolate, and volunteer work; but we must give most of our time and energies to ordinary jobs. If this sort of work has no value for heaven, we will have very little for eternity. No one we have asked about this has been able to give us satisfactory answers. They say: "Offer it all to God!" but is this enough?

My reply: No, the value of our work is not only conferred on it by the "good intention" we put into it or the morning offering we make to God; it also has a value in itself, as a participation in God's creative and redemptive work and as service to our brothers. We read in one of the Vatican II documents, in "Gaudium et Spes," that it is by "his labor [that] a man ordinarily supports himself and his family, is joined to his fellow men and serves them, and can exercise genuine charity and be a partner in the work of bringing divine creation to perfection. Indeed, we hold that through labor offered to God man is associated with the redemptive work of Jesus Christ" (No. 67).

The work that one does is not as important as that for which he does it. This re-establishes a certain parity, beneath distinctions -- which are sometimes unjust and scandalous -- in position and pay. A person who has done the most humble jobs in life can be of greater "value" than those people who hold positions of great prestige.

It was said that work is a participation in the creative action of God and in the redemptive action of Christ and that it is a source of personal and social growth, but we know that it is also weariness, sweat and pain. It can ennoble but it can also empty and wear down. The secret is to put one's heart into what one's hands do. It is not so much the amount or type of work done that tires us out, as much as it is the lack of enthusiasm and motivation. To the earthly motivations for work, faith adds eternal motivations: "Our works," the Book of Revelation says, "will follow us" (14:13).

[Translation by ZENIT]

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Father Raniero Cantalamessa is the Pontifical Household preacher. The readings for this Sunday are Malachi 4:1-2a; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19.

The Other Boleyn Girl trailer

@ aol -- via AICN

Uhm Jung Hwa mv

Thursday, November 15, 2007

From IGn

Images: Atonement
Keira Knightley and James McAvoy star.

Trailer: Revolver
Guy Richie takes another stab at the crime genre.

Morrison Set for Trek
Which role might the House actress play?

CI: Sarah Chang Shares Notes With Budding Learners


Sarah Chang Shares Notes With Budding Learners

Light blogging ahead

At least that is the plan...

AR: Fascism, feudalism, and the future

Fascism, feudalism, and the future
John Michael Greer, The Archdruid Report
A number of writers on peak oil now insist that the American political class intends to impose a "feudal-fascist" regime on the world. A look behind this rhetoric exposes some uncomfortable issues in the contemporary peak oil movement.

original

also via EB
The latest interview with Matt Simmons
Pimm Box, Bloomberg (14 November 2007)William Tamblyn writes:A 10-minute interview with Matt Simmons (11/14/07) which could hardly disagree more than it does with the recent optimistic statements from Saudi Aramco Pres. and Chief Executive Abdallah Jum'ah about the future of oil production in general and the future of Saudi production in particular.

Fr. Lang on liturgical latin

Rorate Caeli has a translation and this link to the Italian original.

Lind, Cops Who Think

Cops Who Think

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Morris Berman


DARK AGES AMERICA -- Blog for Morris Berman

W. W. Norton
A civilization running on empty - The Boston Globe
MORRIS BERMAN -- TALE OF TWO CULTURES: A LONDON-BARCELONA DIARY ...
Morris Berman's The Twilight of American Culture
Waiting for the barbarians | The Guardian | Guardian Unlimited
KQED | Forum: Cultural Historian Morris Berman
Boston University :: View topic - PDF File—Dark Ages America (What ...

Tanglewood II:

An alternate American political tradition

One defended and advocated by Dr. Clyde Wilson and others...

The Works of John Taylor of Caroline


A portrait from 1822.
The Papers of John C. Calhoun

I have one volume of the former, and am considering getting the latter. What else would I read to get a better insight into a republicanism that is properly centered on the states? How many Americans really care about reading works such as these, or the debate between the Federalists and the anti-Federalists?

Contrasting Themes in the Political Theories of Jefferson, Calhoun, and John Taylor of Caroline, by C. William Hill

Dancing with the Stars, week 8

Dancing with the Stars 8th Week - Helio Castroneves - Paso Doble


Dancing with the Stars 8th Week - Helio Castroneves - Quick Step


Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves Quick step - Encore


Dancing with the Stars 8th Week - Jennie Garth - Jive


Dancing with the Stars 8th Week - Jennie Garth - Fox Trot


Gloria Estefan - 90 Miles, 90 Millas Dancing with the Stars
Gloria Estefan - Conga - Dancing with the Stars
DWTS Week 8 - Result Show - Gloria Estefan
DWTS Week 8 - Result Show - Gloria Estefan 2nd song

The couple that got eliminated:
Dancing with the Stars 8th Week - Cameron Mathison - Waltz


Dancing with the Stars 8th Week - Cameron Mathison - Cha Cha


SSW 2007 Cameron & Edyta
11/05 Cameron and Edyla dance the Quickstep
11/05 Cameron and Edyla dance Jive

HK45 in the HK brochure

New Pistols for 2007 (pdf file)

The Other Boleyn Girl

website

some photos at IMDB

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

ATimes articles on China

China paying dearly
for cleaner rivers
The world's largest water consumer is also one of the world's worst water polluters and China's public is growing more vocal about local governments and businesses selling them down the dirty river for economic gain. But some officials are beginning to clamp down, even if it hurts the economy. - Candy Zeng

What 'resource wars'?
The specter of energy-rooted "resource wars" is popular fear-fare these days, but the reality is more prosaic. While commercial friction is common, as in China National Offshore Oil Corporation's failed bid to acquire US-based Unocal, such hostilities usually originate elsewhere, such as in a paucity of good governance.

Varia, 13 November 2007

LG's Chocolate Thrives in Japan's Perilous Phone Market
LG Electronics is causing an unexpected stir in Japan with its Chocolate phone, which was developed to target international markets. Having sold more than 14 million units so far since its overseas release in the first half of last year, the phone posted sales of 5,000 units on its first day in Japan on Oct. 19 this year, and has since seen daily sales average 2,000 units.



'Ice Princess' Divorce Rumors Surface Again
Depression Stalks Younger Korean Women
Superstar Visits Spur Fashion Fuss in Korea

Philip Johnson on Nova

From Mere Comments:

Nova Tonight, Johnson's Interview

Nova page

When it comes to "public" education, the only compelling interest the state (or the local school board) has in it is with regards to the moral formation (and we know how it has abdicated its responsibility with regards to that). Anything speculative and not directly pertaining to morals should be debated and argued, not indoctrinated and regulated by the state.

What men and women are looking for?

An Economist Tackles Matchmaking

See also the original Slate article that inspired the post.

A bit off message?

Some articles from Zenit:
Touting YouTube's Catholic Potential
Church Leaders Back "One Laptop Per Child"

Employing the electronic media to spread the Gospel, and computer technology for development, etc. etc. But is this really what we need to prepare for what is coming ahead?

Weekend with Sarge

It was a good weekend spent with Sarge, who was very generous in many ways. He said he ejoyed his time, and hopes to come again, so he can hike in the hills. Me, I was flying on autopilot part of the time; perhaps it was the lack of sleep. Or my version of ADD was present.

On Saturday we met up with my friend RHK and his girlfriend for lunch at that restaurant next to Miyake. (For some reason the official Cupertino website is pretty weak when it comes to its listings for restaurants.) Once I find the name of the restaurant maybe I'll post a review--the food was ok. It's self-serve, like Armadillo Willo's--place your order at the counter, pick it up. The food is mostly Italian/fusion? It's ok, and lunch isn't pricey. After lunch, Sarge and I headed to San Francisco--alas, it was foggy and raining so we didn't see much. Then we headed off to Japantown so I could stop by Kinokuniya. Sarge was a bit disturbed by the anime/manga fans there. Dinner was at Emperor's Palace, we were lucky enough to find a parking spot close by. Sarge didn't like the spicy salt pork ribs there, but he agreed that the food there was good for the price. (Unfortunately they ran out of rice noodles so he couldn't sample the beef chow fun.) Then we drove around SF a bit, hitting North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf and Nob Hill.

On Sunday we went to the 11:00 low Mass at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Oratory. We then drove to Pleasanton to meet up with his army buddies, RP & JB. We headed out to Macaroni Grill, where P was trying to get the attention of our waitress, Kristine. The couple at the table next to ours noticed that JB was wearing a "Harley Davidson" shirt featuring Baghdad as the location and asked if they were in the army. They thanked them for the service, and then RP told them that he was trying to get the waitress's phone number, so they spoke to their waitress to see if they could get any info about her. The wife advised RP to leave a note for her. At Macaroni Grill there is a paper "tablecloth" on which waitstaff write their names, but backwards and upside down.) RP left a note on that paper, along with his phone number. No call from her yet.

I don't care for the food at Macaroni Grill--it tastes overcooked. Not good Italian...

His friends seem to be good guys, and both are interested in careers in law enforcement. But perhaps it should go without saying that you can tell they are guys and that they have been in the military--that is if you know anything about "guy talk." haha. We also took a walk around the mall, and went back to Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center (the Macaroni Grill where we had lunch is also located there) so Sarge could get his Coldstone fix for the day. There was a cute brunette working at Regal Theaters... but she's probably too young. (We were hanging out there because two of the guys needed to use the restroom, and then we stayed there to chat a little.)

We then headed back to RP's house where we met his mom and stepfather. After we said our byes, Sarge and I drove back to the hotel. We later went back to Milpitas Square for dinner--the congee place (I forgot the name...), just beyond Kam Do/Golden Island and Darda. It turns out that this place is Taiwanese. The congee was ok, the chow fun not dry enough, and the spicy salt ribs overcooked. I won't be going to that place again, it's overpriced for that quality of food. ($8.99 is the average price for an entree.) I did walk by Jacko's to see if the woman was working there, but it is closed on Sunday. There was a wedding banquet over at Mayflower--sounded like a Vietnamese wedding.

On Monday RP drove down and met us at the Hyatt, and we drove up to SF again. We had lunch at Great India on Geary (yelp--$7.99 for lunch buffet). The nan was good, and the food ok, though the tandoori chicken was a bit sour. (Because of lemon?) The food would have been better if it was warm. Much of it was cold, though. And they didn't have free refills for soda. (The guy was pouring coke out of a 2 L bottle.) I had two plates, less than usual, but I've been eating all weekend. I skipped dinner tonight because of all of the excess calories I've absorbed in the last 3 days.

We then visited the Golden Gate Bridge again so Sarge could take some pictures during the day. (We didn't get many photos on Saturday, though we dropped by twice, one in the afternoon when it was foggy, once at night.) Next stop: Lombard Street. And after that we took a walk around North Beach. No time for anything else--we left the city around 3:30 so we could get back in time for Sarge to catch his flight. I picked up my car, and then we headed back to the Hyatt so RP could get his. We were going to take 101 to get to the airport, but at 5:30 the freewas packed, and traffic was stop-and-go. So I decided to take the local roads to get there--Sarge had to drop off his car, and we reached the terminal a little bit after 6. But he made his 7:00 flight--not too many people flying on his flight or on any of the other airlines from Terminal C.

I drove over to Cinearts at Santana Row for tonight's 7:00 showing of Battlestar Galactica Razor. It was ok for a TV movie; it didn't have the resolution of a real movie. I still think the DVD version will be better, with the extra scenes. The movie focused mostly on the XO of the Pegasus, Kendra Shaw. The DVD version will have the extra scenes giving us the past of Admiral Cain and Bill Adama. While the movie doesn't give us any new major plot developments (I don't think it does, at least, but I didn't watch all of season 3), it does give us some small details. And some of the fans enjoyed watching the old-school cylons in action. (While they were not as bad as some of the over-aged anime/manga fans we saw at Kinokuniya, or some of the people who show up at No Name Anime, there were enough to make one have second thoughts about being associated with them. There was also an older woman, in her 40s or 50s [she had gray hair] who was breast-freeding her baby in public, without any sort of covering. That was a bit odd, and I woner what her story is.)

I still find the military aspects of the show annoyingly incorrect and much is exaggerated for the sake of drama and to compensate for the lack of a realistic scale. Perhaps the series finale will make be able to make the narrow focus on a few characters of the series credible, but we'll have to wait and see... and will Ron Moore have anything to say about religion? Are there gods or just one god in the BSG universe? And what providential role do the diety(-ies) play, if any?

I'd say the theater was only 70% full. I was surprised by that--I thought there'd be more BSG fans, and it seemed that there were more people on the list of names. Maybe some decided it wasn't worth the effort to go down to Santana Row to watch a TV movie on the silver screen.

Monday, November 12, 2007

No No No No No!


It won't ruin my image of hanbok, but it is rather unpleasant to see it associated with Paris Hilton.


Paris Hilton in Hanbok Graces People Front Page

Tykeys MVs

Tykeys - 연상연하 (Old and Young) MV


Tykeys - 연상연하 [MV]

Tykeys [타이키즈] - I'm Sorry


Tykeys - I'm sorry (live SBS Inky Gayo e436 070429)
Tykeys- 070807 Music Bank- I'm Sorry
Tykeys - Yeonsang yeonha

Girl Friends - My Love Story MV

One more post for Yoko Nagayama

My new favorite. These two performances are great! Now if I can only find her cds somewhere.

Nagayama Yoko - Jonkara Onna Bushi じょんから女節


another


Nagayama Yoko - Higurashi 蜩ーひぐらし


Nagayama Yoko - Meguriai めぐり逢い


Nagayama Yoko - Tategami たてがみ


Nagayama Yoko - Suterarete 捨てられて



捨てられて - 長山洋子


長山洋子:關東春雨傘


NAGAYAMA YOKO - SUTERARETE (捨てられて)

Another Venus vid.

NAGAYAMA YOKO -SADAME YUKI
Yoko Nagayama KOISAKABA (Bar in Love)

extra:
Momoe Yamaguchi - Cosmos


Nakamura Mitsuko - Shimadano Bunbun 島田のブンブン

Joan Veon

Joan Veon's material on the United Nations?

Welcome to Joan Veon and the Women's International Media Group
Joan Veon -- Archive
Joan Veon -- The United Nations Fosters a "UN of Corporations"
Amazon.com: United Nations Global Strait Jacket: Books: Joan M. Veon
UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL STRAITJACKET by Joan Veon - Armageddon Books ...
WorldNetDaily: The U.N.'s shocking millennium agenda
WorldNetDaily: Global taxation for Americans

Conspiracy nut? Or is there something to what she alleges?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Joel Salatin, Family Friendly Farming

here (via The Deliberate Agrarian blog)
A signed copy of The Deliberate Agrarian.

Lee Hyori mvs

Scolded


Don't Love Her


toc toc toc

A State of Mine

A State of Mine: A Documentary about Secession in the West

trailer (via Rebellion)

official website

Not everything that is 'ideal' can be accomplished. Even if self-sufficient city-republics (or city-states) are the ideal form for political communities, it may not be possible to carry out a rapid transition from the modern nation-state to city-republic, and so a desire to make this happen, even though it is impossible, would be counter to reason.

What limits are there to the right to secede, if there is such a thing? (Dr. Fleming offers his own view as to whether there is a "natural" right to secede.)

The Aztlán separatists are interesting. But are they really separatists? Would they seek a state separate from the Mexican government? Or would there be some sort of political alliance? And are they a cause of worry? It seems that such organizations would be more likely to be areligious, if not hostile to Catholic Christianity.

La Voz de Aztlan
Aztlán - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What is the meaning of the word Aztlan?
Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano StudiesYouTube - Aztlan Rising

California Secession!
Californian independence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Movement explores possibility of California secession - Front Page
FREE_THE_BEAR California secession and independence
Free California
democracyforcalifornia.com: Talk About California Secession
Forget Canada, let's have California secede - Opinions

Has anyone associated with such movements in California done as much reflection about the matter as Kirkpatrick Sale and the members of the Second Vermont Republic?

HK 45 vid