Friday, March 2, 2007

FAFSA update

I think the FAFSA deadline is actually APRIL 1st, not MARCH 1st. Either way, I couldn't finish it, since my taxes aren't done yet. My taxes aren't done yet since they're sent to a tax dude, who crunches the numbers in his magic number-crunching way. Honestly? I have enough to worry about without doing my taxes too. Wish the tax dude could do my FAFSA too. But anyhow, long story short, I can't finish the FAFSA without the numbers from my tax forms, which aren't done yet. Ergo.

In other news, I have a paper for Matthew class due Monday, several overdue patristics reflections, a paper for my liturgical theology class that was due Tuesday and didn't happen due to a personal crisis I cannot relate here--and I'm behind on my hospital (visitation) hours. Sigh. And then next Friday I have a patristics paper due.

Yes, it's paper season once again. Is it a coincidence it coincides with tax time? I think not.

Patristics: We've just been learning about the conflict between Nestorius and St Cyril of Alexandria, 'our gangster among the saints'. Unfortunately for Nestorius, Cyril was both a better church politician and a better theologian--but notice the politician part. He didn't play fair. He stacked the deck against Nestorius and THEN called the council of Ephesus. Started our earliest schism with a church that's still in existence (The Assyrian Orthodox Church, also called The Orthodox Church of the East). When Cyril died Nestorius wrote a letter to his friend saying 'the villain is dead' and that they should stick a big rock on his grave in case hell doesn't want him and sends him back.

The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Anyway, theologically speaking, we have sort of shifted gears. We've been dealing with Alexandrian theology (Origen, the Cappadocians, St Athanasius) and now we've switched to Antiochene theology (St John Chrysostom, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Diodore of Tarsus), which is quite different. Alexandrian (or Alexandrine, as my veddy British teacher puts it) theology emphasizes that Christ is God BECOME man. Antiochian theology places more emphasis on the humanity of Christ, but can certainly make it sound like there are two of him--the human Christ and the divine Christ. But really, you're speaking of the one subject (Christ) in two ways.

Anyhow, I'm about to nod off, so I'm calling it a night. Hugs to my peeps.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

FAFSA, flan, and White Castle

The FAFSA deadline is in...oh, about 2 hours. So I'd better get cracking.

Unfortunately, when stuff goes down around here, I can't really post about it. This is why my blog has kind of been limping along.

I suppose one thing I can tell you guys about is a hilarious (ok, hilarious for around here!) conversation comparing the flan we'd just had (made by a fellow student) to the Trinity. The flan is eggs and custard and caramel and yet is one flan. The flan has one source (the student who made it, A.), and is known through the dinner crew.

OK, I guess you just had to be there.

Today we did our annual White Castle run. It's organized by fellow student R., a third-year. They've been collecting money for it from fellow students all week. There were 2 vanloads of us. We got Pathmark brand sodas, chips, Twinkies, and Hostess cupcakes, and then went to White Castle and got 400(!) burgers, and then en route to the homeless shelter we put all those in brown bags. Then we got to the homeless shelter and gave them away. They were all gone less than 10 minutes, and they were really grateful. It was AWESOME! Talk about the true spirit of Lent.