Kuukausittainen arkisto:kesäkuu 2008

Rome June 24th and the speech to the President of the EU Parliament

On the 24th of June 2008 I had the privilege to address the President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, on behalf of the international students of a youth forum held in Rome. It was not allowed to take pictures in the room near Piazza Venezia, so all I can provide for now is a post factum transcript of the speech together with a small commentary in English:


Later, a more detailed account of the trip to Italy will follow.

Kesäkuun alku/Beginning of June

Here I am on my first day of being 22 with the funniest present I got, a melon from my uncle:)

That was the 3rd of June. This is the 4th at the TV7 studio in Helsinki, I participated in Pasi Turunen’s discussion program (probably the best one on the channel) on the topics of mission and inclusivism. The show will air in the autumn.

My dad got my brother and me to go for a walk around Kuusijärvi, a nearby lake. Here we pose together, the males of the Anton family.

Kielot kertovat syntymäpäivistäni, ne kuuluvat perinteisesti yhteen, kirja taas Paavali-projektini intensiivisyydestä – oli pakko ottaa lukemista kävelyllekin mukaan;)

Above Jason and Saila in Teerenpeli, perhaps the best place in Helsinki to get a snack and a drink. We celebrated Jason having passed his last exam which nearly impeded his graduation party.

Yllä on Tornion pastori Juhani Holman perhe Juhanin väitöstilaisuuden jälkeen. Hän on nyt teologian tohtori. Juhani oli se, joka opasti meitä Lapin-matkalla viime syksynä. Matkakertomus löytyy arkistoista.

On Sunday the 8th I went to Stella Maris for a summer camp organised by the Church. I had a wonderful week enjoying the nature, playing with the kids and focusing on my Paul project, completing about 40 pages of writing. Above, the lake, below, the Rosary candle circle.

Leiriviikon aikana kävimme visiitillä mm. kalkkikaivoksessa ja hevostalleilla.

And I rode a horse.

Vain päivä leirin jälkeen matkustin jo toiselle puolelle maata, nimittäin Pieksämäelle sukujuhliin, joiden gaalashown juonsin. Keksin ex tempore kaikenlaisia filologivitsejä (Jason olisi räjähtänyt) ja sain yleisön aika ymmälle, mutta vaikka katsojat olivatkin suureksi osaksi vanhempaa väkeä, hyvää palautetta tuli. Ihmeellisin esitys oli varmasti paikallisen tanssiurheiluseuran henkeäsalpaava taidonnäyte.

Huomenna lähdenkin sitten Italiaan. Kaiken mennessä hyvin palaan 26.6. Hyvää kesäkuun jatkoa kaikille!

Ylioppilas Evy

Englannin-matkalta tulin suoraan serkkuni Evyn ylioppilasjuhliin. Tässä sieltä kuvia. Juhlakalu Evy.

Enot tuli samaan aikaan ja yhteiskuvassa kummitusenoni Timo pelleilee kustannuksellani.

Kolme suurta miestä, Evyn veli Daniel ja eno Markku kuvaamassa ja isä Andre katselemassa.

Veljeni Alex ja Australiasta palannut serkkuni Mikko kuin kaksi marjaa, ikäeroa vaivaiset 10 vuotta.

Onnea Evy!

In Memoriam Adam Mekarski

My dear friend Adam Mekarski
Rakas ystäväni Adam Mekarski
Moj drogi przyjaciel Adam Mekarski

Mt 27:46
1 Kor 5:5
1 Kor 2:9
Ps 116

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.

+ R. I. P. +

Cambridge-London 30.5.2008

Sorry for the break, I spent a week at a summer camp. Briefly on my last day in England. It was the birthday of Agnese and there was a nice party and I did magic tricks which were much liked. But I lost my mp3 player, which was then later found mysteriously and posted to me some days ago. I gave Agnese a children’s Bible and a Finland map with stickers. She had taken the Bible to school and told people it was given to her by a magician who makes coins go through his hands and stuff…:)

Michele took me to the trains and my trip to London went well. I went back to Ewan and Heini’s place but nobody was there. I waited and waited and took a photo of the beautiful view behind the house.

I waited some more, phoned people in Finland, talked to a neighbour, decided to leave for the airport and stay there overnight but just then I saw my dear friends, coming home from downtown London can sometimes take more time than one would have thought… anyways happy end, good night and home safe&sound.

Cambridge 29.5.2008

On Thursday I stayed home, played hide-and-seek with the girls and such. For lunch the whole family met at a nearby park, where we ran around and played some more.

I had also brought some of my Pauline books and when on the way back we went by a library, I stayed there for some time to do some reading. After some time a woman sat in front of me and a funny thought came to my mind semi-consciously, ”what if she was Finnish”. I didn’t look at her properly but she sort of might’ve seemed Finnish. Without giving it more thought I went on reading but after some time she was staring at my books and then suddenly asked me ”ootko sä suomalainen?” – are you Finnish? Imagine that – a tiny library in Milton near Cambridge, exact same time, same table, a Finnish woman. But it gets better. Where in Finland do you live? Vantaa. Me too, where? I bet it’s western Vantaa. No, eastern. Really, where? Havukoski. Korso! No way! That’s only a mile or two away!

It was raining when I left the library and I got a bit soaked but I found my way to the bus stop and back home although I almost got off at the wrong stop. The rest of the evening was peaceful, I watched another nice DVD, this time on St. Francis of Assisi. I especially like the music. After this peaceful day there was a very exciting day coming up, namely, Agnese’s birthday, celebrated together with Rachele (she had turned 3 earlier, now Agnese’d turn 5). So stay tuned.

Cambridge 28.5.2008

On Wednesday the 28th I spent another day in Cambridge experiencing some fascinating stuff. First off I’d like to show you a shocking churchaurant- yep- a medieval church made into a restaurant:

Almost as shocking was when I went to Great St. Mary’s, a beautiful Anglican church in the centre, and bought a ticket to go up the tower to see Cambridge from up high. The woman who sold me the ticket asked me if I was a student and where I came from. I showed my student card with ”Helsinki” on it and told her to guess where I came from. Her first guess was one of the former Yugoslavia countries, can’t remember which, and her second guess was Sweden! I don’t know which was more shocking/offensive!;)

So here (above and below) are two photos of Cambridge looking down from Great St. Mary’s tower.

At 2 pm I met the chaplain of Magdalene College, Rev. James. He showed me places related to C.S. Lewis who was once a Fellow at the College. I saw the place where Lewis used to sit at morning prayer and a part of the place where he lived, I walked where he would’ve once walked and contemplated the motto of the college, Garde ta foy. Here are some photos.

Those 15 minutes were definitely one of the climaxes of my time in the historical centre of Cambridge. Later, another beautiful moment was attending the Evensong which was actually a Sung Eucharist at King’s College Chapel. There is a famous choir there and they sang the ”Mass” beautifully. It seemed almost more Catholic than Catholic Masses, eg. with ”and with thy spirit” (cf. et cum spiritu tuo) instead of ”and also with you”. But of course there was the pain of the schism, and I had to leave at Communion.

My bus took me back to Histon where I watched, in two consecutive evenings, a DVD about St. Paul in the Bible series. The film was of great help in my St.Paul research project, it made the religious events, teachings and problems come alive as a true real-life story. Yesterday I found the same DVD with Finnish subtitles in Helsinki at a much lower price and bought it:) Another coincidence was that Wednesday evening I attended a local Bible study group with Michele and we discussed Acts 10-11, whose contents coincided with those of the St. Paul movie… Here are some of us in front of the parish after the study.

And here are the girls brushing their teeth… stay tuned for my last full day in Cambridge.