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Eleven Awesome Things

In an effort to keep everyone abreast on my recent activities, behold: I bring you eleven awesome things!

#1) PRIESTHOOD. Of course I’d lead with this. It’s been a great adventure thus far, and as it has become my life/absorbed the overwhelming majority of my time as of late, I could do a whole post just on the awesomeness of priesthood. Which I’m bound to do, at some point or another. With the exception of #2, the rest of this list is just awesome stuff I’ve noticed along the way.

#2) MY BISHOP. Or my former bishop. He was recently named as the Archbishop of Seattle, effective December 1st. I’m extremely happy for Archbishop Sartain, though we as a diocese are sad to see him go.

#3) ST. THOMAS MORE’S UTOPIA. Never read it before I picked it up recently. It’s good. If you like political philosophy, check ‘er out.

#4) THE WALKING DEAD. A&E’s new series. It’s awesome. Check out the comics if you like the series. A good TV show/movie will stay true to the book,¬†after all.

#5) GENE WOLFE. The guy’s a genius. I’m going to do a massive post on Wolfe after I finish the Sun books.

#6) CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS. At the end of the day — especially if it’s been a busy one — a few pixelated terrorists need to get theirs.

#7) BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Didn’t think I’d like it, but I do. The later seasons aren’t as great as the first three, but no huge revelations there. It’s generally accepted that the quality of the series decreases over time.

#8) THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS. Great band. Great southern rock.

#9) NEBRASKA FOOTBALL. No matter what happens from here on out, I’m proud of the Huskers. GO BIG RED!

#10) CHTHULHU. Always awesome.

#11) SPAWN. Lately, I find myself returning to boyhood interests. Spawn and Wolverine were my favorite comic book characters growing up, and the Spawn series is even better than I remember it.

*****

And because I wouldn’t want to give off the impression that I’ve lost my critical/cynical nature, four not-so-awesome things:

#1) JUSTIN BIEBER/POP MUSIC. It’s terrible. If Justin Bieber is the Kurt Cobain of his generation, then I feel really, really sorry for that generation.

#2) NAPERVILLE TRAFFIC. Also terrible. I despise driving enough to begin with. Don’t need help.

#3) HULU PRIME. It’s a bust. $9.99 to stream on the television exactly what one gets on the Internet for free. Plus you still have to watch the ads. Nice try, Hulu.

#4) THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS. No defensive cohesion. They look awful.

*****

Until next time!

3 Responses to Eleven Awesome Things

  • Br. Benedict says:

    I find myself in more agreement with this list than I would have expected.

  • Greg says:

    Fr Josh,
    a belated Happy Thanksgiving, Josh, to you and also to other readers of your blog.

    Actually, I am eagerly awaiting your discussions of the priesthood. You know, I’ve always appreciated and been rewarded by your perspective, and naturally I would be very curious to understand how the priesthood appears through your eyes.

    Absolutely, Chthulhu is awesome. I don’t know whether you viewed Algernon Blackwood favorably. I should have said that he plays off a sort of nature mysticism.

    Whether you did or not, there was another old horror and supernatural writer that Lovecraft admired tremendously, Arthur Machen. He also is available on Kindle and one nice thing is that both of these authors are dirt cheap electronically. He’s not like Blackwood, but definitely has his own thing going. Both of these authors actually had a background of some scholarship in supernatural and mystical endeavors. And in my humble opinion, they brought a lot more to the table than a lot of today’s slasher-come-latelys.

    As for me, I have mentioned that I have been living in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood for a while. I live close to one modern Orthodox synagogue and another more conservative, Hasidic synagogue. Actually there are 8 synagogues in my general vicinity.

    A lesser man would feel somewhat out of place. :-)

    Last night I was reading from one collection of sermons by Paul Tillich, collected and published under the title ‘The Eternal Now’. He was lecturing on Corinthians, and the verse, 2 Corinthians 3:5-6, represents precisely my thinking about Orthodox Judaism with just over a year of exposure to the neighborhood.

    I’ll quote it here, for those who would need to look it up:
    “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to claim anything as coming from us; our sufficiency is from God, who has qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, not a written code, but in the Spirit; for the written code kills, but the Spirit gives life.”

  • I really do feel bad for this generation…Justin Bieber needs to go. Excellent blog. Please pray for me, I’m a seminarian studying with the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy

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