End of something great, but with every end comes a new beginning with the potential of being just as great.

Summer 2014

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Summer

It’s that relationship that makes you feel most alive. And it’s also that relationship that has a (summer) time limit. But no matter, let’s just buckle down and enjoy the ride through this City of Dreams!

Because in the end, I’ll miss you but tonight I’m yours and you’re mine. And really, that is all that matters.

The irony is that you tell me that I need to work on my self-confidence, but it may be you that I need to rid myself of in order to build that self-confidence.

Aside

I realized today that you can tell who your best friends are in times of doubt. They are the ones who don’t give the answer or guide you to a more straightforward path. Rather, your best friends are the ones who give you unbiased support to help you discover the best path for you.

Jesus was not a white man

“Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact.” – Megyn Kelly, Fox News host

I often times give Fox News the pass (just ignore them altogether really) just because I understand that they have a specific target market – and I sure as hell am not part of that market, so why bother critiquing their successful business model. 

However, I simply cannot allow such an ignorant statement to pass unnoticed. What’s problematic about is is that it’s an affirmation – not a question or an open ended statement – but a clear affirmation of the fact that “Jesus was a white man”. This conveyance of such a rigid belief in contrast with the scientific facts is degenerate and promotes degeneracy.

But then again, I can’t say I’m entirely surprised. I would have been more surprised had Fox News aired that Jesus was not a white man. After all, Fox News can’t anger their viewers by describing Jesus to be as brown as the Muslims we racially profile now and the terrorists in our backyard. 

Simply put – Jesus was not a white man. If we take into consideration the evidences that would support the stated “verifiable fact”, then we would get an image of Jesus who was definitely not white – no blue eyes; no dirty blonde, thin hair; no European nose. Jesus was brown.

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Year in Review: Pope Francis named Time’s 2013 Person of the Year

When news first broke out that Pope Benedict XVI was stepping down, I knew right away that he was pressured to resign. His conservative values were further alienating the Catholic Church in a world that has become hypercritical of the church’s actions.

I also knew right from the very beginning when Benedict was elected as Pope that his tenure would be very tumultuous for the church. After all, he was already a polarizing figurehead even before he became he ascended to papacy.

So when news broke that Pope Benedict was resigning, I was glad. I knew that the church wouldn’t make the same mistake of electing a conservative pope during  a time of great liberal change throughout the world. And I was pleased with their selection of Pope Francis because his history suggested that he would be a Pope for the People and a pope for change – even his Argentine heritage (although Euro-ancestry) hinted of this new aura.

Throughout his tenure so far, Pope Francis’ accomplishments has backed up his liberal history. He has attained an image unlike the popes before him: of course he is caring, fatherly, and devout; but he also worked as a bouncer and had his heart broken. He has done a wonderful job transforming the image of a pope as an untouchable being to someone very relatable. I commend his efforts in doing so (or at least his PR team’s efforts) because he has truly “changed the tone and perception and focus of one of the world’s largest institutions in an extraordinary way.”

I write this blog post because I am proud of the Catholic Church’s change of direction. I hope that the church continues along this path in order to remain a relevant institution of faith.

Personally, I was raised Catholic, grew up devout (especially during college), but lost faith. I don’t have faith in any religion, but I still hold the Catholic Church very dear. I haven’t ruled out returning to the Catholic Church – I think that the idea of having faith is beautiful and brave, but I’m not at a point in my life where I can risk bravery for something unseen and untouchable.