Friday FaithPost (Part 2): Psalm 35 and Colbert’s Journey

Tuesday morning, as I was unloading the dishwasher at 5:30 am, I discovered a clip from Colbert’s show the night before. Apparently starting a Leap Day tradition (which won’t have a “2nd Quadrennial” version until February 29, 2020), Colbert’s guest, director Spike Jonze shot a moving opening segment for the show. Before you view it below, read these verses from Psalm 35:

But at my stumbling they gathered in glee,

they gathered together against me;

ruffians whom I did not know

tore at me without ceasing;

they impiously mocked more and more,

gnashing at me with their teeth…

Do not let my treacherous enemies rejoice over me,

or those who hate me without cause wink the eye.

You have seen, O LORD; do not be silent!

O LORD, do not be far from me!

 

Here’s the video. I particularly like the re-imagined version of the show’s theme.

Do you see the “ruffians?” How about the God-figure who frees him and leads him to paradise?

Sun(Fun) Day Night – Colbert, Star Wars & the Vatican

Just as I resumed the Friday FunLink a couple of days ago,  I’m getting back to this feature as well.

Last week, I had much work to do for my return to teaching last Monday. Sorry to say, Dear Reader, posting here was not at the top of my HabitRPG “To-Do” list.

A week later, it’s a different story. On Friday, during an assembly celebrating the clinching of the Ohio Division IV HS Football State Championship by our team, our bishop granted us a day off of school tomorrow. So, it’s not a pre-school Sunday afternoon for me and I don’t have grading, lesson planning, creating of presentations/assignments, etc. to do for tomorrow. And why do today what I can put off until my day off?

Incidentally, if you’d like to see photos of our celebratory assembly, check out #earned over at Twitter.

Last week was not only the return from vacation for most teachers but also the return of Stephen Colbert to “The Late Show…” Before I continue with this post, I need to be clear about one thing – I will not turn this blog into a fanboy site committed to lauding Mr. Colbert. Although I greatly like and respect Colbert’s work, place him on my list of Top Ten Current Catholic Heroes,” and have watched (with the exception of last Thursday and Friday) every episode of his “The Late Show…” I will keep this blog (more or less) focused on topics and themes of interest to Catholic school teachers – especially those of us who teach Religion.

That being said, here’s a funny, brief clip from last week which combines four of my favorite things – the aforementioned Colbert, Star Wars, Catholicism, and humor. Enjoy and may this bring a smile to your face on this early January Sunday!

Friday FunLink: The League of Kitchens & Colbert

Yes, the FunLinks are back b/c this is the first Friday in a few weeks that isn’t Christmas or New Years Day. And, I’m back at school after a long week needing a bit of levity now that winter has truly arrived.

Stephen Colbert had a great guest on Monday night. She’s the creative founder of The League of Kitchens – an idea whose time has come.  I won’t spoil the fun of the two segments linked below. I will say that Stephen has found a worthy comedic partner in the hostess of his workshop. Bon Appetite!

 

Friday FunLink – Trio of Funny Star Wars Videos Edition

Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for – my daughter’s 12th birthday!

OK, so if you don’t live in my home, you’ve likely been counting down to this day as the first time in a decade we’ve had a brand new “Star Wars” film. Maybe you’ve already seen it by now?

I have my tickets in hand (on my phone actually) for the 9:05 pm showing this evening. VERY excited that just 12 hours from now my son (who was four years old when “Revenge of the Sith” was released) and I will be back in the fun and fantasy of this beloved film universe.

While there’s no shortage of funny “Star Wars” videos in cyberspace (in fact I posted one here last week), I discovered these three which I find pretty funny:

Steven Colbert (yes, I’m a fanboy) makes no secret of his mad love for “Star Wars” and “The Lord of the Rings.” But until the other night, no one knew of his personal involvement in the casting of “The Force Awakens”

 

He’s also begun a Twitter campaign to muddy the waters of the spoilers flooding the internet:

 

Here’s a clever variation on a theme from a rival late night show:

 

And speaking of clever, here’s a panoply of puns from across the pond:

 

Finally, for some non-video inspiration, here’s “57 Inspirational Quotes from George Lucas and Star Wars” One of my favorites, since it relates to mindfulness:

16. “A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind…. All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”

“-Yoda notes how Luke simply cannot keep himself focused on the present moment, but is instead always looking to run before he can walk. (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)”

Happy Jubilee Year of Mercy! Great, Short Lego Video

It’s another celebration of a new year in the Church as Pope Francis opened the doors to the Jubilee Year of Mercy!

While there’s no shortage of educational materials available to aid in celebrating this jubilee, I take a moment to share a fun little video that came across my Twitter feed (@HartleyRKRelig) this morning:

And while you’re at it, check out the first and second posts of videos by Stephen Colbert to celebrate Hanukkah:

 

 

Friday FunLink – James Taylor & Stephen Colbert Update “Fire & Rain”

Stephen Colbert has been busy singing with his guests and posting videos of it. A couple of nights ago, he had the legendary James Taylor on The Late Show.

They made this funny bit together. The premise is that when Taylor wrote “Fire and Rain” back in 1970 all he knew was, well fire and rain. Today, he knows about much, much more (including calzones) and thus his lyrics have changed. Even if you’re not a fan of Tay-Tay (as Colbert calls him), it’s worth a watch for the sheer randomness (and clever rhyme scheme) of their song.

Happy Friday!

Happy 1 Year for Us! – Birthday Wishes from Stephen Colbert

It’s hard to believe it’s one year ago today that we launched this blog! During those 365 days, it has grown to nearly 215 posts and hopefully educated, entertained, and inspired our readers.

One thing you’ve likely learned is that I’m a big fan of Stephen Colbert. A week or so ago, he offered a birthday song and video to his awesome band-leader Jon Bautiste. And it is a birthday song for almost everyone as it is customized at a special YouTube channel. Here’s the generic one (in case the person of your birthday wishes is not represented in their extensive playlist of videos):

In case you’re wondering why I chose the name above – my wife (Erin) celebrates her birthday on Monday. If she reads this, I guess I now can’t surprise her with it!

Friday FunLink 2: Sheryl Crow & Stephen Colbert Songs on This Week’s Debate

OK, so maybe the Friday FunLink on the words used by the candidates in the debates wasn’t really that much fun or funny.  So, here’s a bonus post- complete with music too!

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow sang the national anthem at the debate, so The Huffington Post ran an article summarizing the debate through Crow’s songs.  My favorite paragraph, with some (maybe too) obvious connections is:

Senator Sanders frequently and importantly mentioned the issue of climate change starting in his introductory statement. Senator Sanders stated that “climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and we have a moral responsibility” to address it. Later in the debate, he deemed climate change “a major crisis.” “All [he] wan[ts] to do” is develop sustainable energy. In fact, when considering the candidates’ debate remarks on the environment as a whole, all seem ready to get out those solar panels to “soak up the sun.”

Stephen Colbert, on his Late Show, the other night, had a funny segment about campaign songs. After listing popular musicians who didn’t want candidates using their songs in rallies and similar, he offered a song that candidates from either or both parties could use as desired:

I think my favorite part is when Colbert and Jack Black rattle off the incongruent elements of “Americana” ala “We Didn’t Start This Fire.”  Since they offer this song to any candidate with no strings attached, I wonder if anyone will take them up on it?

Friday FunLink – Myers-Briggs Type Charts for Pop Culture Figures and Stephen Colbert!

It’s Friday again and time for some clever levity!  C’mon, after this busy week, you earned a few minutes to explore this fun Mental Floss link displaying 10 infographics with Myers-Briggs inspired type listings of your favorite characters from the following pop culture stories:

  • Game of Thrones
  • My Little Pony
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Walking Dead
  • Harry Potter
  • Disney Princesses
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Marvel Comics
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek

My favorite two out of the ten are:

MBTI 3

MBTI 2

If you’re not familiar with the MBTI, Mental Floss offers this information:

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) is an instrument to define your personality along four parameters: (I) Introversion vs. (E) Extroversion, (N) Intuiting vs. (S) Sensing, (T) Thinking vs. (F) Feeling, and (J) Judging vs. (P) Perceiving. Trying the instrument gives you a “type,” indicated by a combination of four letters. There are 16 possible combinations, which lend themselves well to a chart, called the Myers-Briggs type table.

As I was thinking about this blog post, I was very pleased to see that Stephen Colbert had a hilarious segment about the MBTI on his “Late Show” last week. It’s a clever piece on him getting help in discovering “the real Stephen Colbert”

For what it’s worth (spoiler alert) Colbert is an INFP and I’m close to that as an ENFJ.

Happy first October weekend!