Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

28 01 2010

Now here`s a saint that would probably appreciate the new iPad 😀  At any rate I appreciate Thomas for his Eucharistic hymns in particular and am posting  a version of Pange Lingua that I like.  I don’t recall when I first heard of  his hymns but unfortunately it wasnt at church as a child thats for sure.  With that in mind I think its safe for me to say that most people around my age havent heard them either.  I don’t know how many Japanese people know these songs as well because as far as I know they aren’t sung at any Mass I’ve been to.  Ok I will stop typing now so you can listen.

Here are the lyrics.

Speaking of doctors of the church, with the Dominicans and Carmelites tied at three apiece, my Teresa of Avila miniseries arrived in the mail this past Monday when the estimated delivery date was February 10th so that was a really nice surprise and I have watched parts of it every night since.

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On Order

21 01 2010

The St Teresa of Avila miniseries sold by Amazon 😀  I have a region free dvd pl;ayer btw.

I can’t believe I’ve ordered it.  Even worse I cant believe I watched four parts of it (to see if it was worth ordering) on youtube in Spanish and I don’t speak Spanish at all!  How did it come to this?  Well a couple of months ago when my spiritual director told me not to think about the Carmelites, marriage, or that kind of thing but to focus on Christ someone forgot to tell heaven.  Almost daily I listen to the ewtn readings and homily and during the time I was supposed to be focusing on Jesus it seemed like almost every day or two ewtn would quote  Teresa of Avila.  And not just ewtn either but her name and quotes started popping up in other places as well.  These quotes would make me laugh or pause in amazement and I started to wonder about this saint I had previously ignored as being mystically nuts.  I had no idea she was so intelligent and funny.  I then read a comment  someone wrote about what happened to her after her death that it was kind of gross.  At the same time I had also come across a link to the last part (with English subtitles) of the above mentioned miniseries.  Out of morbid curiosity as to what happened to her I watched the final part.  It didn’t show what happened to her after death (the gross part being how she was exhumed and pieces of her cut out to be relics) but I was captivated.  If you have 45 mins to spare that clip is here.

I told my spiritual director about Teresa distracting me when I was supposed to be ignoring her order and he didn’t mind as it turns out he is a big fan of hers too.  Of course that didn’t really surprise me as he is a Spanish Jesuit so we discussed how great she is, and he was pleased to point out all her connections to the Jesuits as well lol.  That was over a month ago though and finally we will meet again on January 25th.





Mont St. Michel Commercials

14 11 2009

Mont St Michel is on tv probably more than Ave Maria, and has been for a long time if you watch the following Toyota ad from 1985.  It`s worth the watch for the car name alone btw.

 

This one is from 2007 and is for a GPS system.

 

 





Another Ave Maria Commercial

5 11 2009

Every few months an ad comes on tv that uses Ave Maria as a soundtrack.  This time it’s for cosmetics maker Pola

see commercial here

It is the one at the top of the page.





Homeless

4 06 2009

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I took this photo on my cellphone while walking through JR Shimbashi station in Tokyo last week.  This is far from the first time I`ve seen homeless here but it is the first time I decided to try and take a picture.  There were four men, three sitting along the wall just like this guy and one old man who was laying in the middle of a very busy staircase!  I was going to take a photo of him but when I walked back he was sitting against the wall at the edge of the stairs so I guess someone asked him to move.

One thing that is very different from homeless here compared to any other country I can think of is they don’t bother anyone here.  They don’t ask for money, they don’t do anything to passersby.  In fact many homeless try to do what work they can such as collecting cans and papers for recycling and the small amount of money they can get from that.

There is so much I could write on this subject, and plenty that others have already written but if you would actually like to do something to help the homeless there are ways to do that too.  The first and easiest way is to pray for them that they may get what they need physically and spiritually.  Secondly donate your time and/or groceries to one of the groups that hand out food for example. This weekend on  Saturday and Sunday June 6th & 7th St Ignatius parish is accepting grocery donations for making onigiri but also accepts volunteers to prepare the onigiri and hand it out as well.  If you`re interested click on June 6th on the calendar here for more info.

Second Harvest Japan is Japan`s first food bank and works to help a wide range of people.

Here is a short ad from them.  I had heard on a tv show that while Japan has half the population of the U.S it wastes throws out twice the amount of food the U.S does.





Antichrist in Japan?

17 05 2009

A very short video I caught recently.  Its not often I see this license plate number so I had to capture it.  Which begs the question when the real Antichrist comes someday would he use the number of the beast on his license plate or would that be too obvious? 😛





iBible

11 05 2009

This is a funny video that has been mentioned on other blogs lately but I thought I would post it here as well.