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.

Friday, November 03, 2006

light without sight

Saint Lucy II, Lis Wright-Ivec

A miracle through the intercession of Pope John Paul II has been reported.


My Linear Algebra professor came up to me after class and said that everytime she looked at me she thought I should be a writer. How odd.


Saint Lucy is the patron saint of writers, her feast will come on the darkest day of the year. An interesting note is that James Joyce named his daughter Lucy so as to become a better writter, yet another reason to love James Joyce.

Saint Lucy

Thursday, November 02, 2006

For those Poor Souls

Purgatorio, Tamas Klara

This feast is one of my favorites, perhaps because I'm a little morbid. Being the only Catholic in my family, after I shed this mortal coil, and hopefully head to purgatory, there won't be anyone to pray for my soul, or bid others to do so. But this feast gives me hope that some prayers will come my way. I guess I see this feast, even more than yesterdays, as a demonstration of the unity of the Church, and the beauty of the Communion of Saints. I also rather like the doctrine of Purgatory, and wish people would spend more time meditating on it rather than trying to push it under the rug. Purification is a good thing, a necessary and beneficial thing,

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


All Saint's I, Wassily Kandinsky

Today is the day of the Church Triumphant, one part of the triune church: Militant, Triumphant, and suffering. tomorrow with be the day of the Church Suffering. Time to hit the cemetaries for a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory.

All Saint's II, Wassily Kandinsky

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