Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
The devotional passages below each work of art/image, by the artist F. Douglas Blanchard, reflects my own and not the artist’s written point of view or theological beliefs.
(I see this modern Jesus as an every modern day common man set against what appears to be the current high tech fascist state of the new global culture which says so much to me and in line with the theme of this blog. That overlaid with the standard Jesus story and or myth of history.)
Devotional by M. McShea
Inspired by Artwork “The Passion Series”
by F. Douglas Blanchard
One (1) – The Son of Man
The purpose of man has always been the myth of man.
The story of man has always been about his potential.
The man, the seed, plants the tree of the future.
The tree of man bears many fruits and abundance.
The family, the tribe, the myth binds the whole.
The whole is the definition of the (us) All.
Two (2) – Jesus Enters the City
The heart of Rome is her cities, her town square,
Her forum speaks the thoughts, feels of the people.
If I have the word and am the word then I must
Speak to the heart of the empire to change what
Is wrong into what is right and spread love of
The word and truth to all culture and peoples.
Three (3) – Jesus Drives out the Money Changers.
I went to pray in the house of stone.
I wanted to meditate on myself and my Deity.
I sought refuge from the outside world of strife.
All I found was the loud clank of chump change
Of priests emptying offering boxes.
I sought refuge and found none. Oh God!
Four (4) – Jesus Preaches in the Temple
The crowd grew hot and sweaty as I spoke.
I told of my dreams, shared fractions of light.
The stir of emotions on long dead stares
Lit up into the eyesight of vision and possibility.
The crowd became too large to carry one voice.
For an exit sign I searched and finally eyed.
Five (5) – The Last Supper
The warmth of the gathering, friends, strangers,
Family distant from the outside weather and
Negative political elements revives soul(s).
The food was cheap and from a warehouse
Doled meagerly to the poor. The spirit was rich
And mellow and full of human life, purpose.
Six (6) – Jesus Prays Alone
Alone I pray, meditate, gather my thoughts.
Focus. Focus on mean possibilities.
Things are harder to do than once I thought.
If I die, who will continue my cause
Who will bring down the temples and chains
Of oppression? Who among them can do it?
Seven (7) – Jesus is Arrested
In a dark city street a group of men descend
From squad cars and on foot. The helicopter
Overhead throws its accusing beam on me.
This was not a random act. This was done
With a heart in service to the evil in men at
Expense of the many without voice or hope.
Eight (8) – Jesus Before the Priests
How dare you think that God listens to you.
Your words, of a country fool, an abomination.
We in the city understand strength, power and
God’s purpose (to serve only us of the cloth).
You have made your last trouble. Too late
To go back. You have made too many enemies.
Nine (9) – Jesus Before the Magistrate
There was a riot in the house of prayer when
You spilled the money changers' tables.
There were deaths in the riot, Rome to our
Rescue. You are to blame. No need for trial.
Emergency powers to protect our freedom.
Death is to you, your poor silly fate.
Ten (10) – Jesus Before the People
The curious have gathered, opposite the square,
From the Hall of Justice. The crowd stares and
Enjoys too I think. They are full of rage towards
The State and they blame me for my failure to
Save them. They scream hate as I am driven
Off, handcuffed in the back of a paddy wagon.
Eleven (11) – Jesus Before the Soldiers
These soldiers are pigs. No rules or dignity
To any prisoners. Mocking. Slapping.
Down on your knees. Kicking. Spitting.
Obscene nursery rhymes. The taste of blood
From broken teeth pours out of my mouth.
Knives scrap and pull and cut. Pain. Pain.
Twelve (12) – Jesus is Beaten
Dachau. Abu Ghraib. Administrative Detention.
Hands bound and numb tied, held above.
Whips. Lashes. Broom handle’s thrust
Into ribs and private places. No life left
To protect. The State begins to sign off on,
Decommissioning, a failed citizen of the State.
Thirteen (13) – Jesus Goes to His Execution
The long dark corridor from cell block A to B
Seem miles apart, full of regret, pain and numbness.
The greater vision lost in the smell of blood,
Sweat, urine, breath. A momentary pause.
Turn the corner. Unlock a new door. Further
Along closer to death and final relief – release.
Fourteen (14) – Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
The execution is televised. A traitor will die.
Strapped to a piece of wood. A needle, piercing
steel set in place, hands and feet bound. A
signal given. Death takes its time to flow from
from head to toe. How strange. They can kill me.
I conquer life in death. Vision fades to black.
Fifteen (15) – Jesus Dies
A roar unheard from the couch potato audience.
Time for a new round of Pepsi, corn chips and
Don’t forget to flush. Commentary talking heads
Continue. Active crowds outside the prison gates.
And among the many a few – who did for Jesus
Cry that day a grand but simple tear.
Sixteen (16) – Jesus is Buried
The criminal’s body is the property of the State.
A bribe to inquire whom of many else to bride
In the coroner’s office to release a dead body.
No time to clean the body or do rituals, prayers.
A rich donor has bestowed the bribe money and
Quick burial before the State can change its mind.
Seventeen (17) – Jesus Among the Dead
On the new global spreadsheet I am nothing,
Not even a true number, even as a commodity
I only have a temporary value, mere slave of
Market place whim, taste, greed and profit.
As a whisper in my mind I have value.
I am (was) a Man. I am (was) a Human Being!
Eighteen (18) – Jesus Rises
The light within doth shine. The maker of me
Does not hide from me. I am thought and love.
I am not animal but man. The thought of me,
The essence of me was brought out by my
Creator. I cannot die. I live. I breathe. I love.
I am. I am who am. I am all mankind.
Nineteen (19) – Jesus Appears to Mary
With distant love I beheld you and wanted
Your aching, grasping, loving arms to embrace.
I had another purpose and I flew from your
Desire. Desire in me was no less but desire for
All others created such stress. Your fulfillment
In me goes beyond a body of me, (we are) soul.
Twenty (20) – Jesus Appears at Emmaus
The real me perhaps never really sat down
With you. I was another person with another
Face, another fate other than some mate you
Meet with over coffee. My regrets of not
Being a simple man are now satisfied. I am
Grateful that you see the real me in me.
Twenty One (21) – Jesus Appears to his Friends
A symphony of relief. A cloud of grief
Is lifted. I went beyond the veil and return
For a while till I fade from simple view and
Memory. Touch me. See my wounds of life,
Scars of death. It was all a dream but really
Not a dream. More like some Greek tragedy.
Twenty Two (22) – Jesus Returns to God
Cannot linger. I from beyond the veil must
Remain behind the veil. Otherwise effort
Is lost without the purpose of searching.
Life is a search, a quest. And in the end
It all drowns away into silence, warmth,
Love. Returning to the womb of God.
Twenty Three (23) – The Holy Spirit Arrives
Purpose. Purpose. My sword of light is
Focus and flight among the weak who
Cannot travel by foot, or see with eyes
Or think beyond the grunge of day to
Day living. Arise. Awake. See. See as
He saw. Be of like mind and purpose.
Twenty Four (24) – The Trinity
Before purpose and energy and light of
Creation I was and still am. I remain the
Same. Where there is life, there is God.
Spark and breath, heartbeat of Creation,
Of and with purpose and flow in union
w/Sacred Wisdom’s milk, energy, life.
* * *
Sunday, August 12, 2012
|Ryanmobile - soon to be seen in Swing States?|
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “One of his summer jobs in college was as an Oscar Mayer salesman in Minnesota, peddling turkey bacon and a new line called ‘Lunchables’ to supermarkets. He drove the Wienermobile once.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/26/09]
"I suppose that there are some Catholics who’ve for a long time thought they had a monopoly of sorts not exactly on heaven but on the Social Teaching of our church. Of course there can be differences among faithful Catholics on this. The work I do as a Catholic holding office, conforms to the Social Doctrine as best I can make of it. What I have to say on the Social Doctrine of the church, is from the viewpoint of (a) Catholic in politics, applying my understanding to the problems of the day."
(speech at Georgetown University on April 26, 2012, Paul Ryan responded to near-universal Catholic critique of his budget)
Saturday, August 11, 2012
|A Place for the Poor at Bishop Morlino's Table?|
About 3:50 of the video in the link below has Paul Ryan’s local bishop Robert Morlino of Madison WI trusting Paul as a good lay person in dealing with the budget in conformity to Catholic teachings despite criticisms from other Catholic Bishops, liberals, and the inhumanity of The Ryan Budget screwing the poor, elderly and disabled.
Reagarding Bishop Bobby Morlino, a quote from Wiki:
Morlino currently serves as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and as chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas (SOA). Morlino has denied any wrongdoing by this military school that for decades has trained military officers from Latin America. Former students from this school have been found guilty of thousands of political killings, including the assassination of the Servant of God, Archbishop Oscar Romero and of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. Morlino told the Wisconsin State Journal (11/4/2007), "I know for a fact there is no evidence to connect what the school teaches with any kind of atrocity".
|Republican Paul Ryan and Atheist Ayn Rand|
CINO, Catholic in name only, (screw the poor and working class) Paul Ryan embraces the philosophy of the GOP’s Atheist Goddess Ayn Rand.
At an Atlas Society meeting celebrating Ayn Rand's life in 2005, Ryan said that "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand",and "I grew up reading Ayn Rand and it taught me quite a bit about who I am and what my value systems are, and what my beliefs are. It’s inspired me so much that it’s required reading in my office for all my interns and my staff." In response to criticism from Catholic leaders, in 2012 Ryan distanced himself from Rand's Objectivist philosophy, telling National Review, "I reject her philosophy. It's an atheist philosophy. It reduces human interactions down to mere contracts and it is antithetical to my worldview", and noting that his views were more aligned with those of the Roman Catholic philosopher and saint, Thomas Aquinas, than Ayn Rand.
Get your flip flops on straight Paul. What is it – Jesus or Ayn – the god besides yourself that you claim to serve???
|Jayer-Gilles 2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru Wine - $350|
For a man who likes his $350 a bottle French
Wine while he discusses the abolishment of
Medicare with Lobbyists, on a salary of
$170,000 a year, the poor man can only afford
485 bottles of vino a year. What this country
needs to do his lower his taxes so Elitist, Out
of Touch, Easy (on the rich) Paul can drink
more wine. Yeah!
of Touch, Easy (on the rich) Paul can drink
more wine. Yeah!
Friday, August 10, 2012
|15. Jesus Dies|
In this strange latter day obese America chowing down on hate election season, I ran into a modern version of the stations of the cross so to speak, 24 in total, in the “Passion Series” of New York artist F. Douglas Blanchard.
This modern Jesus is set against what appears to be the current high tech fascist state of the new global culture and says so much to me.
The Crucifixion image above struck me with thoughts of Matthew Shepard and Gay Hate. This, even if it was not the artist’s original intention.
More images and thoughts of the artist below. Drink in the spirituality of the eternal story of Jesus.
The Passion Series
The Passion Series
|23. The Holy Spirit Arrives|
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Some Orthodox fascist thugs burned Madonna's picture in effigy.
It is always amazing how the "christian" leader always holds the cross with one hand and the torch with another. How do you spell KKK?
Typical christianity, Russian style.
Madonna's crime was saying a few kind words for the female punk group "Pussy Riot" on trial for blasphemy both against the Russian Orthodox church and the Russian Orthodox god Vladimir Putin aka as Vlad the Impaler.
All a bunch of Russian jerk offs.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
|Temple of Roma and Venus (center)|
The Roman emperor Hadrian built the largest temple in Rome dedicated jointly to the goddesses Roma and Venus.
|Statue of Roma standing|
|Statue of Roma seated|
The temples were back to back, under one roof, with the temple of Roma facing west toward the traditional Roman Forum and the temple of Venus faced eastward toward the Coliseum.
Hadrian’s windowless temples would seem to have an Egyptian influence from his travels there and getting people into a spiritual mood amidst darkness and candlelight. This, on a raised platform away from the street and foot traffic in the shadow of the Coliseum.
The image of Venus used in her temple was likely a copy of the Praxiteles Greek Venus with a Roman hairdo so famous at the time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_of_the_Quintilii
The Roma temple end of the complex was built on with a church of the new Mary, and opposed to the church of the old Mary, its name later changed to Santa Francesca.
The apse of the Venus temple is still visible to the public, where on Good Friday Easter stories and pageants are presented for the tourists.
The Flavian Amphitheatre, was originally built by the Flavian dynasty, Vespasian and his son Titus, the general that burned down Jerusalem in 70 CE.
The Flavian Amphitheatre or the Coliseum in Rome eventually took on the name of the Colossus of Nero that changed its name and facial image over many centuries and stood in two different places outside the Coliseum.
Hadrian moved the colossus statue to make way for the largest temple in Rome dedicated jointed to the goddesses Roma and Venus (roma – amor) built across from the coliseum.
The colossus was renamed in favor of the dominant Roman Sun god Sol Invictus. Sol Invictus was an image that the Emperor Constantine used next to his own in coinage implying his equal status with the sun god.
The giant statue stood anywhere from 90 to 110 (27m to 33m) feet tall, approximately two-thirds of the height of the coliseum.
The bronze from the statue and most of the marble of the Coliseum was removed and recycled into the building of Saint Peter’s Basilica across the river Tiber.