Monday, March 31, 2008

Advice is a form of nostalgia, for when I'm 1/4 an hecto-annual

Below is a (music video?) of advice directed by Baz Luhrmann from 1999, I thought it was rather interesting.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Divine Mercy Sunday

"Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”
from today's Gospel (John)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Nuclear Christ

The Resurrection (in the Vatican auditorium), Pericle Fazzini

''Suddenly there came to me the idea of Christ preaching peace for 2,000 years, and the place where He prayed for the last time: the olive grove of Gethsemane, I had the idea of depicting Christ as if He were rising again from the explosion of this large olive grove, peaceful site of His last prayers. Christ rises from this crater torn open by a nuclear bomb; an atrocious explosion, a vortex of violence and energy.''
-on his Sculpture The Resurrection

The image above hit digg front page, and along with the normal anti-catholic vitriol, there seemed to be no information about this very fantastic sculpture, so I looked around and found out who sculpted it and found a few more of his sculptures.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Resurrexit Sicut Dixit, Alleluia! Alleluia!

The Resurrection, El Greco

"Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed."
from the Gospel of the Vigil Mass (Matthew)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Holy Saturday, in waiting....

Today is the day of silence, no liturgy, no sacraments save viaticum, the church holds it's breath, waiting for a miracle; the miracle.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Last Words on Good Friday

"Because last words, chiefly such as are spoken by departing friends, are committed most deeply to memory; since then especially affection for friends is more enkindled, and the things which affect us most are impressed the deepest in the soul. "
St Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica Q 73 Art 5

Traditionally there are attributed to Christ seven last 'words', or phrases.

The first is: 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do.'
The forth is: 'My God, my God, why have you abandon me.'
The seventh and final is: 'Father into your hands I commend my spirit.'

I don't really have much to say, other than that if it is as Aquinas points out, that last words are indeed most important and dear, what are we to make of these last words?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

a patchy timeline, accompanied with varied maps and tempro-locational illustrations

Seven hundred and twenty nine years ago the Mongolians ended the Song Dynasty with a victory at the Battle of Yamen.

Two hundred and thirty two years ago the swallows first returned to San Juan Capistrano, greeted by bells and Blessed Junipero Serra himself.

One hundred and eighty five years ago Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria is born, royally of course.

One hundred and twenty six years ago this map of Great Bend, Kansas, which is located next to the Cheyenne Bottoms, was drawn:

Ninety three years ago Pluto was captured on film, though it remained a mystery.

Eighty years ago, catholic theologian of questionable orthodoxy Hans K√ľng is born.

Thirty years ago in Great Bend, Kansas, within a hospital once called St. Rose, which was founded and remains Dominican, my brother was born.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Sunday of the Palms

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads:
“He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.
But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

from the responsorial (Psalm 22)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

bad day looking for the great escape

This is a beautiful song with a beautiful video, Patrick Watson - The Great Escape:

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Lent 5

Jesus Wept, Mike Scovel

"And Jesus wept."
from today's gospel (John)

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

there's a ghost on the horizon

I really like Antony and the Johnsons, the lead singer sounds oddly like Billy Holiday.

Hope there's Someone:

Child of God:

Cover of Beyonce's Crazy in Love:

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Lent Sunday 4

Repenting, Anthony Falbo

"But everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light."
second reading (Ephesians)

Here are a few more from Anthony Falbo:

A verse from Job

One Way

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