Current Events Reflections

BXVI in NYC: The Ticket

I picked up my ticket today from the Chancery for the Mass in Yankee Stadium. I’ll be sitting in the bleachers, section 39. I’ll be flying out of Austin on Thursday and heading back on Monday.
Current Events

YouTube upgrading

There’s some new stuff online at YouTube, including new “tabs” for sharing, favorites, etc as well as for “Commentary” and for “Stats”.
Church Current Events

Holy Thursday

The Triduum starts. Tonight, we celebrate the life of Jesus Christ, the priesthood and Eucharist He established and the command He gives us to serve all.

Lent ends before Evening Prayer, which is only said by those who do not participate in the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight. While Lent is over, it doesn’t mean go and do whatever you gave up for Lent. Wait until after the Vigil :-).

Current Events Tradition

The Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney

ZENIT is reporting that Knights of Columbus founder Fr. Michael McGivney has been deemed “Venerable” by the Catholic Church. The decree, authorized by Pope Benedict XVI and published on Saturday, recognizes the heroic virtue of Fr. McGivney and moves up one step closer to the highest honor of the Church—sainthood.

Fr. McGivney, in the 1800’s, seeing the plight of widows and children after the death of the husband, founded the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal order for Catholic men so that they can join together, enhance their spirituality and their faith, and very importantly, assist in the financial security of their families. The Knights of Columbus’ insurance is one of the highest-rated products in the country and the Knights give billions of dollars to charity for everything from scholarships (one of them helped to finance my freshman year at UT) to the technical equipment and uplink to transmit papal events from the Vatican to the world.

As a card-carrying member, it gives me great pleasure to know that such a group of men exist.

Austin Current Events

SXSW = Drivers Are Dumb

I’ll put a value judgment on people in town for SXSW. They appear to have no idea how to drive in a city that is unfamiliar to them. SXSW takes over part of downtown Austin for a week with music, movies and conference events at all times of the day and night, except a few hours in the wee of night.

Last night, I was driving home from work along Guadalupe Street at 10 pm. Usually people are starting to go out around that time, traffic would decent, but most importantly, it is a rather thoughtless drive. Stay in the middle lane, pay attention to the lights and nothing weird will come your way.

Not during SXSW. I almost hit a crowd of people after they walked into the intersection against the light with traffic heading toward them at 40 MPH. The next block, a car had stopped in the second lane from the left waiting for the two lanes to the right could clear so he could make a right hand turn, cutting off two lanes of traffic.

This continued most of my way home. I love SXSW, but don’t try to drive. Just walk or take a pedicab.

Current Events Funny

sometimes you don’t want your picture in the paper

Just check out this front page (pdf).

Look at it, you should notice something interesting.

If you need help, check out the story about a man stealing a wallet with the color security photo next to it. Does the man look like someone you’ve seen before, perhaps in another picture on this same front page?

What are the odds?