RED MEAT THEATER: THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, OUR MOTHER AND HER MURDERERS: DONALD TRUMP AND THE ALT-RIGHT (33 Paintings)

(Featuring Cheryl Townsend as Christ) Magnificat Christ, Our Mother (Julian of Norwich) The Wedding At Cana The Baptism Of Christ, Our Mother The Temptation of Christ, Our Mother Good Samaritan (A parable, as told by Christ, Our Mother) Lazarus &The Rich Man (A parable, as told by Christ, Our Mother) Christ, Our Mother and the adulteress Christ, Our Mother and the Samaritan woman, according to St. John The Sermon On the Mount as told by Christ, Our Mother Christ, Our Mother healing the Leper Christ, Our Mother heals the faithful Centurion’s pais Christ, Our Mother casting the demons into the … Continue reading RED MEAT THEATER: THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, OUR MOTHER AND HER MURDERERS: DONALD TRUMP AND THE ALT-RIGHT (33 Paintings)

OF SAINTS AND GOSPELS (40 paintings)

Mount Of Olives (And he began to fear and to be heavy) Mount of Olives (It is enough. The hour is come) Mount of Olives (My Soul is sorrowful, even unto death. Abba, If possible, let this chalice pass from me) Seven Last Words. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do Seven Last Words. This day thou shalt be with me in paradise Seven Last Words. Behold Thy Son. Behold Thy Mother Seven Last Words. Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani? Seven Last Words. I Thirst SEVEN LAST WORDS. It is Finished   Seven Last Words. Father, into thy … Continue reading OF SAINTS AND GOSPELS (40 paintings)

Mary’s Way Of The Cross (23 paintings, 2019)

Combining the traditional Stations with BXVI additions. 1.Christ is in the Garden of Gethsemane 2. Christ is betrayed by Judas and arrested  3.Christ is condemned by the Sanhedrin 4.Christ is denied by Peter 5. Pilate Condemns Christ to Die 6. Christ is scourged  7. Christ Is Crowned With Thorns 8.Christ accepts His cross 9. Christ falls for the first time  10. Christ meets His Mother on the way to the cross 11. Simon of Cyrene Helps Christ Carry The Cross  12. Veronica wipes the face of Christ 13. Christ falls for the second time  14. Christ Meets the Women of … Continue reading Mary’s Way Of The Cross (23 paintings, 2019)

SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MADONNA TEACHING HER CHRIST CHILD IN PRAYER

“Ave Maria” by Hildegard of Bingen Behold, Mary, you who increase life, who rebuilds the path, You who confused death and wore down the serpent, To you Eve raised herself up, her neck rigid with inflated arrogance. You strode upon this arrogance while bearing God’s Son of Heaven, through whom the spirit of God breaths. O gentle and loving Mother, I behold you. For Heaven released into the world that which you brought forth. This one, through whom the spirit of God breaths. Glory to the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And to this one, through whom … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MADONNA TEACHING HER CHRIST CHILD IN PRAYER

SEA OF ROSARIES: BLUE MADONNA AND THE HOLY INNOCENTS

AVE GENEROSA by Hildegard of Bingen I behold you,noble, glorious and whole woman,the pupil of purity.You are the sacred matrixin which God takes great pleasure. The essences of Heaven flooded into you,and the Great Word of God dressed itself in flesh. You appeared as a shining white lily,as God looked upon you before all of Creation. O lovely and tender one,how greatly has God delighted in you.For He has placed His passionate embrace within you,so that His Son might nurse at your breast. Your womb held joy,with all the celestial symphony sounding through you,Virgin, who bore the Son of God,when … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: BLUE MADONNA AND THE HOLY INNOCENTS

SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Antipolo

“At This Precise Moment of History,” by Thomas Merton At this precise moment of historyWith Goody-two-shoes running for CongressWe are testing supersonic enginesTo keep God safe in the cherry tree.When I said so in this space last ThursdayI meant what I said: power struggles. You would never dream of such corn. The colonials insandalwood like running wide open and available forprotection. You can throw them away without a refund. Dr. Hanfstaengel who was not called Putzi except bythose who did not know him is taped in the nationalarchives. J. Edgar Hoover he ought to knowAnd does know. But calls Dr. Hanfstaengel Putzi … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Black Madonna of Antipolo

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Manaoag

“The Divine Dew” (Therese of Lisieux) My Sweet Jesus, You appear to meOn your Mother’s breast, all radiant with love.Love is the ineffable mysteryThat exiled you from your Heavenly Home…Ah! let me hide myself under the veilConcealing you from all mortal eyes,And near you, O Morning Star!I shall find a foretaste of Heaven. From the moment a new dawn awakens,When we see the first lights of the sun,The young flower beginning to openAwaits a precious balm from on high.It is the good-giving morning dew,Which, producing an abundant sap,Makes the flower of the new bud open a little. Jesus, you are … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Manaoag

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

“Landscape: Wheatfields” (Thomas Merton) Frown there like Cressy or like Agincourt,You fierce and bearded shocks and sheavesAnd shake your grain-spears,And know no tremor in your vigilantYour stern array, my summer chevaliers! Although the wagons,(Hear how the battle of those wheels,Worrying the loose wood with their momentary thunderLeaves us to guess some trestle, there, behind the sycamores.)Although the empty wagons come, Rise up, like kings out of the pages of a chronicleAnd cry your courage in your golden beards;For now the summer-time is half-way done,Gliding to a dramatic crisisSure as the deep waters to the sedentary mill. Arise like kings and … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF THE PILLAR

SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (THE ASSUMPTION)

“To the Blessed Virgin MaryOf Mount Carmel” (Therese of Lisieux) A place of beauty and green serenityBlowing breeze of coolnessTransported from the sea.Earth’s creation finds abode in theeWith the holy hermits of Elias’ gloryThis is Carmela mountain most heavenly. O Virgin Mary, Queen most holyYou are our Lady inspiring many.Your quiet life, simplicity, purityAll speak to me of Carmel’s story. Glorious Lady, our mother too!Who comes to us when life is blue.In gentle stillness of your waysYou whisper softly, firmly,“You do exactly as Jesus says.” To be with us forever, not to leave us everHer Scapular she gave us.To those … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (THE ASSUMPTION)

SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MARRIAGE OF OUR LADY TO ST. JOSEPH

“A Christmas Card” (Thomas Merton) When the white stars talk together like sistersAnd when the winter hillsRaise their grand semblance in the freezing night,Somewhere one windowBleeds like the brown eye of an open force. Hills, stars,White stars that stand above the eastern stable. Look down and offer Him.The dim adoring light of your belief.Whose small Heart bleeds with infinite fire. Shall not this Child(When we shall hear the bells of His amazing voice)Conquer the winter of our hateful century? And when His Lady Mother leans upon the crib,Lo, with what rapiersThose two loves fence and flame their brillancy! Here in … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: THE MARRIAGE OF OUR LADY TO ST. JOSEPH

THE CATHOLIC ART OF PAUL GAUGUIN

As is well known, Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh lived together for a disastrous three months. Among the many disagreements they had was the question of depicting iconographic images. For Van Gogh, a Protestant, that was anathema. For Gauguin, who was Jesuit educated, it was essential. Although he was fleeting in his practice of Catholicism (he embraced Buddhism and Theosophy as well), the iconography Gauguin had been exposed to was in his DNA. As many will sophistically point out, Gauguin was hardly a model of morality, but much of the negativity about him is exaggerated and/or downright myth (i.e. he left … Continue reading THE CATHOLIC ART OF PAUL GAUGUIN

THE CATHOLIC ART OF SALVADOR DALI

Madonna of Port Lligat (1950) Although, I’m not a fan of the earlier work of Salvador Dali (having seen too many stickers of his art on the folders of angst-ridden teenage boys in the 70s- they all seemed to be fanatical lovers of the Doors and Lynard Skynard-I’m not sure the connection), I respond most to his work in film (‘Spellbound’ and ‘Porky Pig in Dodo land’) and his later Catholic work. Virgin of Guadalupe 1959 At one time, a self-proclaimed atheist, Dali reconciled with his Catholic faith and became devout, espousing devotion to saints, daily prayer, sacrament of marriage, … Continue reading THE CATHOLIC ART OF SALVADOR DALI

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Kibeho

“Canticle for the Blessed Virgin” (Thomas Merton) Die, Boreas,And drown your ruins in the gaudy sea,December, clash your cymbals once againAnd put them away.The crops come thronging from the ground.The land is green with strength.The harvests sing like confidenceIn the ascetic earth.Let there be no more patienceWith your iron music, death:Stand, continents, and wear the spring your crown! The ox-eyed land,The muted lakes,The cloudy groves that praise you,Lady, with their blooms,Fuse and destroy their lightsAnd burn them into gold for you, great Virgin,Coining your honor in the glorious sun. The skies speed up to meet you, and the seasSwim you … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of Kibeho

SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of La Salette

“La Salette,” by Thomas Merton It is a hundred years since your shy feetVentured to stand upon the pasture grass of the highAlps, Coming no deeper in our smoky atmosphereThan these blue skies, the mountain eyesOf the two shepherd children, young as flowers,Born to be dazzled by no mortal snow. Lady, it is a hundred yearsSince those fair, terrible tearsReproved, with their amazing griefAll the proud candor of those altitudes:Crowning the flowers at your feetWith diamonds, that seized upon, transfigured intonails of lightThe rays of the mountain sun!- And by their news,(Which came with cowbells to the evening villageAnd to … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: Our Lady of La Salette