Sunday, December 31, 2006

Holy Family

Holy Family with Infant Saint John, Adam Elsheimer

"He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man. "
From todays Gospel (Matthew)

from the Pope's message today:

“Let us invoke the protection of the most Holy Mary and St Joseph for each family, especially for those in difficulties. May they support them so that they will be able to resist the prompting towards disintegration of certain [traits of] modern culture that undermines the very basis of the institution of the family. May they help Christian families to be, in every part of the world, a living image of the love of God.”

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Slaughter of the Holy Innocents

Le Massacre les Saints Innocents , Sebastien Bourdan

"A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more. "
From today's Gospel (Matthew)

Triumph of the Holy Innocents

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas - Urbi et Orbi

The Pope gave his annual "To the the City and the World" address today which was very interesting. Here's a few bits:

"Is a 'Savior' still needed by a humanity which has reached the
moon and Mars and is prepared to conquer the universe; for a humanity which knows no limits in its pursuit of nature's secrets and which has succeeded even in deciphering the marvelous codes of the human genome?"

"perhaps [mankind] needs a Savior all the more."

"Others see their own bodies and those of their dear ones, particularly their children, maimed by weaponry, by terrorism and by all sorts of violence, at a time when everyone invokes and acclaims progress, solidarity and peace for all,"


Strangely I also watched the new Superman today, which had almost this same exact message: does the world really need a savior? Needless to say I enjoyed Superman :).

Sunday, December 24, 2006

4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve

This Christmas Eve was the first time I went to the children's mass, and though I was a bit leery going in, I really thought it was good. At one point when asked who was in the manger a kid said Jonathon, to which the priest replied, "well, maybe he was there; but maybe your thinking of Joseph." Everyone got a little chuckle from that.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

"the raging romish"

This could be the coolest thing ever, in my head there are a bunch of cassocked priest running up and down the field, heading the ball, and rainbow kicking goals. And nuns for goalie, goooooo nuns. ahhhh it must be close to Christmass, and yes there are two "s"'s in that :).

Monday, December 18, 2006

hey, hey it's the Maccabees

Judas before Nicanor, Gustave Dore

I love the Maccabees. I remember getting kicked out of chemistry in High School because I was reading 2 Maccabees instead of listening to the teacher; to be truthful he was boring and the Maccabees are crazy. So, halfway through Chanukah, I thought I'd give a little light (he-he) to the Maccabees.

Der Engel der Makkaber, Arnulf Rainer

If you haven't ever read the crazy zaniness of 3 Maccabees (which really has nothing to do with the Maccabees and is only in the eastern cannon) you might enjoy the stampeding elephants and last minute deus ex machina, and yes that is both figurative and actual.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Gaudete Sunday

(B16 wearing the pink for the parallel {laetare} Sunday of lent last year)

"Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst"
from today's first reading (Zephaniah)

Today is the day of pink vestments :) "Rejoice in the Lord always", as the introit declares,"again I say rejoice. The Lord is near."


If your plagued with slight insomnia on a Saturday night and only have a few channels on tv you will most likely end up watching "Showtime at the Apollo", even though that seems rather silly. But last night it actually paid off, I saw something that was amazing, a white guy rapper who plays the accordion, and he was super geeky, and was promptly, and sadly, booed off the stage. But I found his myspace and listen/watched some more of his stuff; it is truly bizarre.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

"dying because I do not die"

who studied Plotinus Poe St. John of the Cross
telepathy and bop kabbalah because the cosmos
instinctively vibrated at their feet in Kansas.
Howl (Part I), Allen Ginsberg

St. John of the Cross is one the great mystics. To the left is his drawing of a vision he had of Jesus while imprisoned, interestingly it is a view from above Christ; this images was remastered in the amazing painting by Dali, Christ of St. John of the Cross. St. John of the Cross is one of the saints who can be talked about forever without even scratching the surface, so I'll simply jot down some lines from his poems titled:

Christmas Refrain

The Virgin, weighed
with the Word of God,
comes down the road:
if only you'll shelter her.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

"their heart was bent upon evil at all times"

How sad America has come to this, to abduct mothers and fathers while they are working to provide for their families. On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the great feast of Mexico and all South America they choose to do this? I very much dislike politics, but I also dislike evil veiled as a so called "good".

Flight into Egypt, Adam Elsheimer

One must remember that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph immigrated to Egypt to escape hardship, and it is sad that in these days which we are to remember this, the government is out prowling like a roaring lion seeking whomever they may devour. Our modern day Herod.


On a happier note is this really great article on a parish that did a Guadalupe play.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Second Sunday of Advent

"that your love may increase ever more and more
in knowledge and every kind of perception,
to discern what is of value"
From today's second reading

Friday, December 08, 2006

Solemnity of the Immaculata

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
--From today's Gospel

"God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Saviour of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed."
--From Matins Today

Thursday, December 07, 2006

sometimes limbs must be severed

I live in one of the last Dioceses where excommunication is still occuring on a large scale, how cool is Bishop Bruskewitz: pretty cool :). One of my old English professors was a recipiant of this series of excommunications, it is very interesting. Above is a nice picture of mass at my diocesan cathedral (with the Bishop), this is from ordinations for FSSP.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Saint Nick, Jellyfish, Angels, The Virgin Mary, and the eye of the tiger

Today is the feast of Saint Nicholas. aka Santa Claus, and yes the whole concept of Christmas as we know it today is wholly Catholic :).


"Beauty is truly in the eye of the tiger"
--another handsome boy graduate

Elizabeth Rollins-Scott is an interesing artist whose two series "My Blue Heaven" and "Invertibrates" can be found here. Heres a few that I liked.



Blue Jelly Fish

Orange Jelly Fish

Sunday, December 03, 2006

First Sundy in Advent

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay...
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth."
From Today's Gospel(Luke)

Also of intrest among today's second reading (first thessalonians) is:

"Finally, brothers and sisters,
we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that,
as you received from us
how you should conduct yourselves to please God
—and as you are conducting yourselves—
you do so even more.
For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus."

Intersting how you should live not from the bible, but rather from the Church, from those in authority; sacred traditon and the magisterium, as even the bible points out, is essential.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Blue Byzantine

The Pope in the Blue Mosque

The blue Mosque is a very beautiful example of Islamic architecture, and though they don't like paintings so much, their buildings are out of this world.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

today's fog was warm

Heres some nice paintings by a fellow named Jonathon Joubert:

Life Series: Marlyn Monroe

Three Black Boys Doing Homework, listening to Sir Mix-A-Lot (Baby Got Back)

Orlando Devouring The Son of Man

Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Last Sunday of the Year - Christ The King

Pilate said to Jesus,
"Are you the King of the Jews?"
Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?"
From Today's Gospel (John)

I always thought John's account of the interrogation of Christ by Pilate was somewhat like an Abbot and Costello bit. "Are you?" "Who told you?" "Are you" "You say I am". It's so strange the way in which Jesus chooses to discuss his kingship with Pilate. Why does he dance around the subject, and then conclude with a discussion of truth? It makes me think that perhaps there was no reason for him to argue, his kingship was part of the truth, he was truth, there is no reason to ask the question of identity. No one sees it necessary to ask if one is one, it simply is; it is a tautology. Perhaps to Jesus the questions Pilate asks are as simple as this. His kingship innately obvious.


tomorrow the Pope ventures into Byzantium, may the angels watch over him, and the saints intersession continually aid him.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

womb elephant

(a baby elephant in the womb)

National Geographic is doing a cool documentary about the natal development of animals and using fancy ultrasound to image the development. Below is an image of a 10-week old baby in the womb. And so, to end, my favorite line from Mr Joyce's Ulysses:

"His lips lipped and mouthed fleshless lips of air: mouth to her moomb. Oomb, all wombing tomb."

Thursday, November 23, 2006

an hour before the end of thanksgiving

Autumn Landscape with a flock of Turkeys, Jean Millet

Sunday, November 19, 2006

eventually the eschaton

"the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from the sky,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds"
From today's Gospel(Mark 13)

Only a few weeks until the liturgical new year, so now we dwell, at this end of the year, on the end of all years. Bleak and luminous.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

headlocks with satellites

On NPR today I heard a very interesting interview with a man nicknamed Sputnik Monroe, who grew up in Wichita, became a professional wrestler in Memphis, and died a few weeks ago. He was a leader in civil rights and seem like a really great guy. At the end of the interview he said, "When I die I hope I go up to heaven, but if I'm going down, I'm going down fighting." This was such a brilliant thing to say.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

have you ever played with infinity?

Sketch by Greg Simkins

Today I got into a discussion about whether there is the same number of even numbers as there are natural numbers. Clearly there isn't, but apparently mathematicians think there are. Eventually the discussion drifted into the realm of the nature of God, and I'm not the one that drifted there. In an attempt to explain infinity, My professor brought up the Catholic concept of the struggle toward God, never reaching but continually trying to move toward him. This concept of infinity, not the actual destination of infinity, but rather the struggle toward it, that this is infinity, was really the most interesting thing that came from the argument.

In the end I conclude that math is essentially broken, or at least the language we use to discuss it, because I refuse to believe there are an equal number of evens and natural numbers.

Anyway, and more importantly, is this artist Greg Simkins who is really genius. At his site you can see his fantastic sketches, illustrations where childhood cartoons have gone to die, and amazingly intricate graffiti work. Here are my favorite illustrations.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Widow, James Williams

"They devour the houses of widows"
From Today's Gospel (Mark 12)


A few more from James Williams:


John The Baptist

Thursday, November 09, 2006


"Silence is the mystery of the world to come. Speech is the organ of this present world... More than all things love silence: it brings you a fruit that the tongue cannot describe. In the beginning we have to force ourselves to be silent. But then from our very silence is born something that draws us into deeper silence. May God give you an experience of this 'something' that is born of silence. If you practice this, inexpressible light will dawn upon you." -Issac of Ninive.

Monday, November 06, 2006

"Remember, Remember the Fifth of November"

Yesterday was Guy Fawkes Day, a holiday celebrated in Britain to commemorate the foiling of an attempted plot to overthrow the monarchy in 1605. The plot was to blow up Parliament and restore Britain to a Catholic state. My feelings are somewhat mixed about Ole Guy, I agree with his sentiment, Britain had become a staunchly anti-catholic nation after the Deformation .... I mean Reformation, burning monasteries and stealing all of the Churches assets, and effectively banning Catholicism. And yet his action, especially in modern light, have certain aspects that are perhaps hard to sync up with moral teachings. Nonetheless I think he is an interesting figure, plus he is where we get our modern meaning of the word guy.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Moses Speaks to Israel, Gustav Dore

"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God,
with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your strength.
Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today."
Today's first reading (Dueteronomy 6:4-6)

(to the right: Detail of Moses with horns from one of the Windows of Arnaud de Moles' in Auch Cathedral) Today's first reading, which is echoed on the Gospel, is what is known as the Shema in Jewish tradition; Shema meaning "hear" in Hebrew. And, rightfully so, it is the main centerpiece in Jewish daily prayer. I was trying to find a good picture to go with this and came upon the Moses with horns, which is an interesting artistic/historical tidbit, that being that Jerome chose to translate a passage about Moses from the Hebrew saying he had horns of light. Artist from that point on hearing only the Vulgate, represented Moses with horns. I find the horned Moses both intriguing and unsettling because of the conception that horns are negative. Interesting none the less.

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