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.

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