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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Romero Rap


This poem commemorates the martyrdom of Oscar Romero.
Archbishop Oscar Romero commemorated
 at the West End of Westminster Abbey

Romero Rap
In the corridors of power of the Church in Salvador,
Some were wanting an Archbishop with a bias to the poor;
But the forces of reaction wanted someone they’d be sure
Would not challenge them to think about the ways they held their power:
And they got him –
Safe hands:
No radical –
This man.

Three weeks from his enthronement, a seminary friend
Was vilely executed as the only way to end
His empowerment of people who had nothing to their name:
Then Romero recognised, Jesus’ life had been the same:
Realisation –
Transformation:
An Archbishop –
Born again.

He urged his priestly colleagues as a body to refuse
To join any state occasion to protest at such abuse;
He confused administrators by his turning back-to-face
The procedures in his office so the peasants took first place – he said
Bishops drive –
Priests have fares:
But the poor walk miles –
To come here.

His preaching which was broadcast fed the hate of the regime,
But by those who had no voices, he was held in high esteem:
So the powerful sent their men to the feast of wine and bread:
Gunshot rang out in the silence – and the Archbishop lay dead.
Lay dead.
Lay dead.

(Original introductory remarks read
Following a week in which the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury have both set out in their new ministries by declaring a bias to the poor, we start this following week with the day that Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed in his home country for taking a similar line. It is a bias that threatens all sorts of vested interests, so feels dangerous to those in power: but it is at the heart of the Christian message, so it is good to hear this coming from our new leaders.)

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'