Sunday, February 28, 2010

"The prince of darkness may be a gentleman, as we are told he is, but whatever the God of earth and heaven is, he can surely be no gentleman. His menial services are needed in the dust of our human trials, even more than his dignity is needed in the empyrean."
- William James, Pragmatism

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Francis Cardinal George BYU Forum

Today Francis Cardinal George came to BYU to address the student body during our university forum. The title of his presentation was Catholics and Latter Day Saints: Partners in Defense for Religious Freedom. The Marriott Center was full, and the thought of half of the student body listening to this man preach philosophy and interfaith dialogue was pretty much a dream come true.

He discussed the importance of deepening the partnerships and friendships between Christian faiths through common interests and dialogue, standing together to promote morality and dignity in our society today. Society is working to reduce religion to a private reality, and if we do not use the freedom we have been given to voice our faith we may lose this privilege. Let us defend religious freedom, let us participate in the public sphere and let our voices be heard.

Talking together, working together, praying together - it is vital that those who proclaim faith in Jesus Christ stand together for what we all believe in. "Together we can become a true blessing for each other and the world" Francis Cardinal George said as his closing remarks.

Understanding the religious convictions of those around us is vital to our society today. We can work together to promote so much good in the world, if only we soften our hearts and open our minds.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

"Cinderella believed in dreams, all right, but she also believed in doing something about them. When Prince Charming didn’t come along, she went over to the palace and got him.”
- Walt Disney

Friday, February 5, 2010

in which i complain

You know those Friday mornings that come too quickly after a long and restless Thursday night? And you almost don't make it out of bed, but then you do and you feel like you've filled your quota of productivity for the day? But then you remember it's only 7:00am.

You know those mornings when you're trying to make bread and you can't find the 1/4 cup and you're too tired to guess and so you just stare at the kitchen drawer for 20 minutes because you feel like the world is ending?

You know those mornings when you're trying to finish up the essay you should have written last night, and you're just sitting at your desk, minding your own business and all of a sudden the chair your sitting on breaks and you're laying on the carpet trying to figure out how in the world a chair leg just magically falls off and then you realize maybe it's because you had seven pieces of pizza the day before and haven't really gone running since October.

And then you realize all your pants are dirty.
And your essay is still not done.
And Valentines Day is coming and you're going to have to survive through another one at this marriage obsessed school.
And there won't be time for a five hour Friday afternoon nap today.
And instead of fixing any of this, you just sit on the carpet an blog about it. Because that's how problems are fixed these days.