Your god is Old. He killed children
in Egypt, murdered lovers in the night,
swept sinners dead in a righteous wave.
He told Eve she would die
if she ate the apple, knowing
that he had already planted the seed
of the tree of Knowledge inside her.
He lied. He stole. He…
The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us. ‘But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good.’ Yes, he can. He must. Not can: must! Because he has this commandment within him. Instead, this ‘closing off’ that imagines that those outside, everyone, cannot do good is a wall that leads to war and also to what some people throughout history have conceived of: killing in the name of God. That we can kill in the name of God. And that, simply, is blasphemy. To say that you can kill in the name of God is blasphemy.
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! If we, each doing our own part, if we do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter: we need that so much. We must meet one another doing good.
Today is [the feast of] Santa Rita, Patron Saint of impossible things – but this seems impossible: let us ask of her this grace, this grace that all, all, all people would do good and that we would encounter one another in this work, which is a work of creation, like the creation of the Father. A work of the family, because we are all children of God, all of us, all of us! And God loves us, all of us! May Santa Rita grant us this grace, which seems almost impossible. Amen.”
#apologies for length but this is fucking important#still crying about it#because guys#oh my god guys#the pope actually said this#out loud#at massI don’t know if there will ever be enough words#religion#quotes words
OH MAN THIS. THE POPE ACTUALLY SAID THIS. AT MASS. Oh man I like this pope. This pope gets it.
ETERNAL CREATION OF THE PRESENT. THE NECESSITY OF DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE. Holy shit, this pope really gets it.
okay though the likeness of God thing that often gets read as ‘in the appearance of God’ which is ah pretty clearly not a. great interpretation. because then you get to ‘what the hell does God look like anyway’ and it devolves from there but the way it was once explained to me (i believe this was in a christian and the arts class?) was that the main aspect of God is that He is creative and that the act of creativity is His main act (the idea of creative love is kind of big in my conception of God? and i think it shows up in a minor prophet or two not exactly in those words and i mean a lot of the ways that Jesus loved were creative) and so as humans we have inherited God’s creativity for better or for worse (i also tend to think that the process of being is inherently creative because you have to remake yourself at least every day [which is why the articles about ‘the habits of creative people’ bother me because like??? everyone is creative???? no.]) and ah yeah. (i can tell that the pope has read borges.) (borgevino)
#did the pope just almost implicitly revolutionized the church’s approach to extra Ecclesiam nulla salus? #to create a culture of encounter; where we constantly create ourselves; our bodies and souls are not fixed points #but emerge and redefine as they arc through space and time and intersect and exert wills and acts upon each other #and those wills and acts must come from a place of grace; not force; from a place that is not impositional #but requires equal and opposite reaction to have effect #’a culture of encounter’ #like #it’s still the church; it’s still about expansion #but this is an explicit rejection of the violence (both physical and otherwise) of their colonising practices #i’m not religious in any way that counts anymore #(the universe is holy because humans refract their grace through the search within it for ever greater truths!) #but this is interesting and indicates a new direction that the catholic church desperately needs #there is such strong grace of human nature and the history and understanding of that contained within catholicism #it would be a shame to lose it to archaic practices and suffocating adherence to the past #religion #catholicism #per ardua ad astra #the kingdom of god is within you because you ate it (okayophelia)
we’ve got our meta on tumblr so i wondered about actual academic papers published online. i always thought that our own meta posts are basically raw versions of literary analyses done by scholars. so it’s interesting to see that what we write about here on a daily basis is actually an academic pursuit. (these were all collated from the internet, i’m sure other papers exist that aren’t available online.) the best thing about papers like these is that in order for them to have any integrity, they must cite their sources. they must be cross-referenced and researched thoroughly. they’re “meta posts” written with ample knowledge and background.
- “A Game of Genders: Comparing Depictions of Empowered Women between A Game of Thrones novel and Television Series” by Rebecca Jones (student, University of Wisconsin)
- “A Game of Thrones: Lessons About Status” an introduction of a course entitled Status, Power, and Influence by Michael W. Kraus at the University of Illinois (profile)
- “The Boundaries of Imagination: Important aspects of fantasy translation” a Translation Master’s thesis by Marlies Kok (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
- “Constructed Authorship in Television and the Case of ‘Game of Thrones’” by Tobias Steiner (Alumnus, History of Art and Screen Media in Birkbeck College, University of London; profile)
- “The Familiar and the Fantastic: A Study of Contemporary High Fantasy in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen” a Master’s thesis by Magnus Vike (Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, Norway)
- “George RR Martin’s Women in A Song of Ice and Fire” by Johanna Strong (MA in Education from Northeastern State University, Oklahoma; CV)
- “Politics, Hidden Agendas, and a Game of Thrones: An Intersectional Analysis of Women’s Sexuality in George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones” a bachelor thesis by Elin Sandqvist (BA English, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)
- “Popularizing Epic Narrative in George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones” by Ida Rochani Adi (Department of English Literature, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia; CV)
- “Returning the King: The Medieval King in Modern Fantasy” a Master’s thesis by Georgia Kathryn Natishan (student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
- “‘There Are No True Knights’: The Injustice of Chivalry” by Stacey Goguen (Graduate student of Philosophy, Boston University; profile; only the abstract is available)
- “‘Tuneful Tragedy: Aesthetization of Horror in A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin” by Dagmara Zajac (doctoral student, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland)
sidebar: THANK YOU LORD FOR SCHOLAR.GOOGLE.COM.
I feel like even though Sansa hates the Lannisters and what they did to her family, Tyrion is generally nice to her. He promises not to hurt her and he refuses to consummate the marriage because she doesn’t want to. He saved her from Joffery and stood up for her to him. Yet she…