the pope and the rosary

Once again, it is my time to update this once again. My apologies for The View from 232 being offline so long. The camera got knocked off the window sill and I just never got around to at least pointing it outside until just now.
Also, I do realize that most of the links to the left do not link to these great pages that you all expect from me. I’m getting it done- just chill out. I did however update the index to the College Courses section of the site with catalog descriptions. I’ll be updating each page slowly over the next week as well as preparing pages for the Spring 2k3 semester so it won’t be eight weeks into it before those pages are ready.
This week, Pope John Paul II entered into the 25th year of his pontificate at the Vatican. During the celebration, he released Rosarium Virginis Maraie, an Apostolic Letter on the Rosary. In the letter, he called for the year between October 2002 and October 2003 to be the “Year of the Rosary” (no. 3). What really was amazing from this letter was the proclamation of five new mysteries to the Rosary. The luminous mysteries, or mysteries of light, are for suggested mediation on Thursdays. Can Pope JPII do that? Well, he is pope. The mysteries of the Rosary are not part of dogma and is not something that is essential to salvation. That is, whether or not you pray and reflect over the ascension of Christ or his baptism makes no difference. He did not change or add any tenants of faith. With the exception of the Our Father, all prayers have been handed down to us through tradition. Granted, some prayers have been said to have been revealed to us by God but nonetheless, adding a new set of mysteries is not anything close to completely adding new dogmatic teachings. The new mysteries are 1. Christ’s baptism in the Jordan, 2. Christ’s self-manifestation at the wedding at Cana, 3. Christ’s proclamation of the Kingdom of God with his call to conversion, 4. Christ’s Transfiguration and 5. Christ’s institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper as the sacramental expression of the Paschal Mystery. The letter, overall however, is about the Rosary itself and what it really is- what it reflects on and how it reflects upon it. I haven’t read the entire thing yet but what I have is pretty interesting. He knows how to write!
This week, I have so many tests coming up. It is not even funny so don’t laugh. For that reason, I’m ending my Random Musings for this session and bid you all farewell.

the first one

Welcome everyone to my ever-improving personal website devoted to whatever I feel the need to rant and rave about. With time, I’m hoping that this becomes a site where I at least can get something out of it. For the rest of you, well, its my personal site with the keywords being my personal site. Nothing but good feelings to you all but that’s my thoughts on it.

Before I go on farther, I must give credit where credit is due. I obtained the idea of Random Musings from Dr. David Laude, a Professor of Chemistry and Assistant Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. While I have yet to have him as a professor, I came across his Random Musings and thought to myself, “That is one hell of an idea!” I was just wandering around the 1st floor of Welch one Wednesday night/Thursday morning and found it on a table. Inspiration comes in many forms, be sure not to ignore it when it comes.

Now that I got my personal site rant as well as giving proper credit to Dr. Laude for the idea, please let me introduce myself. My name is Brandon Kraft and I’m currently a freshman at The University of Texas at Austin. I’m officially a Chemistry: Opition III (Teaching) major while unofficially I intend to duel-degree in History. Teaching option you ask? Yes, my current career plan places me within the halls of academia teaching a classroom of students the awesomeness of chemistry or history or whatnot. I’m in the UTeach program that currently has me placed at Campbell Elementary School in Austin to teach at once every few weeks. I would like to note while the kids there are great, my goal is not teaching elementary.

Moving on, I’m an alumnus of Hirschi Math-Science International Baccalaureate Magnet High School in Wichita Falls. I’m a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wichita Falls currently calling the UT University Catholic Center my home away from home. I’m a member of countless organizations including the Sigma Pledge Class for the Lambda Omega Alpha fraternity, the Jester East Residence Hall Association (2nd floor wing representative), Freshman Leadership Organization, Texas Exes Student Chapter, Math and Science Teachers of Tomorrow (MASTT), Students Helping Admissions Recruitment Efforts (SHARE), and Longhorn Scholars. As well, I’m a Deputy Voter Registrar of Travis County as well as the webmaster for The Mol Science Club at Hirschi.

For all those who care, I try to keep my calendar public and online. Since I am just a mere college student, I lack the funds to maintain a properly staffed office. Due to those staffing restraints, I have no secretary to maintain my calendar and provide copies of it to all those who wish to know it. Granted, I don’t have that many people asking for my time but all the same. Also, please realize that as hard as I may try, I may not have everything on the calendar so no harsh e-mails detesting me for some sort of event of yours that I failed to add to my calendar.