speaking the gospel to one another

I got an ask about my comic process so I figured I’d answer it separately coz it might get long haha. I have no idea what I’m doing! So don’t take this as gospel, it’s just what I do and how I roll.

1. Planning! Generally I write down a bunch of one sentence or couple word points. They don’t even have to be plot points, they’re just stuff I want to happen at one point or another in the story. I’d show you my notebook but it is 100% spoilers lmao. But say for Chapter 1, notes would be like - meets jude - loses bag - is ambushed- can’t speak - is let in the house - runs from zombies - other people. Something like that. I usually do a couple chapters of notes at a time, because you can see these notes are SUPER vague, and that way I can move things around so they affect the story more. A lot of times I rearrange ‘reveals’ or information so they impact each other more than having them be in different orders, if that makes sense. I don’t write any dialogue or script, apart from one or two lines I might definitely want to be in a scene or chapter.

2. Shitty roughs! I approach my roughs like I approach storyboards - a bucnh of establishing shots and poses, and then cut down what you don’t need. Since a lot of my comics are dialogue, gestures and facial expressions are pretty important. I do most of my roughs in a 4x5 2$ sketchbook I got from Daiso lmao, 

You can see I scribble things out constantly, which I think is important! I’ve ditched entire pages of stuff because they weren’t working or I thought of something better, and it’s important to not be totally married to an idea. I don’t really use templates or anything either, coz it’s easier to just draw in panels as you go and resize them later. Since I don’t do scripts or plans, this is where I pretty much write everything. I’m not sure what kind of tips to give here, but I definitely say all of my dialogue out loud to myself and wander around acting… which feels and looks dumb but it’s as important in comics as it is in animation! Use yourself as reference! Think of how your characters would feel in these situations and how they’d react to their surroundings. I set the first scene of Chapter 3 in Jude’s workroom to show that some time had passed and that he was comfortable enough with Joe in the house to get back to routine, but not so comfortable that he wouldn’t instantly shove a hot soldering iron directly into his face lmao. Your environment can show a lot about a scene!

3, Tie downs! Make it look like… not garbage…

And again, you can still mess with stuff! I change shit after I’ve completely finished a page sometimes. idk I can’t stress that enough - I see a lot of people getting stuck on their first roughs coz they’re not perfect, but that’s fine! Do your roughs, change them in your tie downs, change them in your inks, change them when you’re colouring. Nobody’s gonna know unless you tell them lol. Sometimes stuff has to change for it to work better and its good to be able to recognize that.

And then the rest is just finish it, but I hope this is the kind of process stuff you’re looking for? I tried to not be too technical coz lbr i draw with a hotel pen in a dollar store sketchbook, the materials aren’t that important lol. Basically my advice is: a chapter is a scene, think of it like a DVD chapter where one important plot point happens and it has its own self contained beginning, middle, and end. Have your point you wanna make, make it, and then go on and make another one, and then baby you got a stew going comic

anonymous asked:

Why are there so many homossexual catholic guys on tumblr? Don't they get the message of the Gospel?

Yeah, they did. They must have read the part where it says Christ died for all our sins, not the heterosexual ones only. They must have read the part where Christ offers eternal salvation for all those who convert, and live our lives for Him. They must have read the part where we are loved by God, He calls us by name, and we are precious to Him.

I’m not 1/10th as holy as the Catholics you are speaking of. They have no reason to validate their faith to you, another sinner. I have noticed those who are faithful Catholics that are also gay/have same sex attraction, are the most compassionate and gentle people I’ve encountered.

How dare you mock their cross, a cross that Christ Himself said we must take up, to follow Him. Is it a joke, their sufferings?

I am a sinner, anon. And if you are appalled at the sight of a sinner who follows Christ, I’m not sure what you are doing on my tumblr.


 25 April – Blessed and Holy Solemnity of St Mark the Evangelist (1st century -martyred 25 April 68 at Alexandria, Egypt) Evangelist, Martyr, Missionary, Preacher, Teacher, friend and assistant to St Peter, St Paul, cousin of St Barnabas – also known as John Mark – Patronages: against impenitence, against insect bites, against scrofulous diseases, against struma, struma patients, attorneys, lawyers, barristers, captives, imprisoned people, glaziers, lions, notaries, prisoners, stained glass workers, Egypt, Ionian Islands, Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, Italy, diocese of, Arica, Chile, diocese of, Cortona, Italy, diocese of, Infanta, Philippines, prelature of, Venice, Florida, diocese of, 45 cities – Attributes:  lionm lion in the desert, bishop on a throne decorated with lions, man helping Venetian sailors, man holding a book with pax tibi Marce written on it, man holding a palm and book, man with a book or scroll accompanied by a winged lion, man with a halter around his neck, man writing or holding his gospel, rescuing Christian slaves from Saracens, winged lion.   Major shrine – Venice, Italy


St. Mark was an evangelist, or Gospel writer.    In fact, he was the pioneer in Gospel writing.    His is the shortest and the oldest of the Gospels.   Little is known of Mark except from the New Testament.    He was not one of the twelve apostles but was a member of the first Christian community. Mark had firsthand experience of the early Church and apostolic life.    He was a traveling companion and assistant of Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey.    Something happened to Mark on that journey, perhaps homesickness, so he returned to Jerusalem.    The incident caused a quarrel between Paul and Barnabas. Barnabas, Mark’s cousin, was sympathetic toward Mark but Paul would not hear of Mark accompanying them again.    Later Paul and Mark must have been reconciled, because when Paul wrote to Timothy during his final imprisonment, he asked for Mark’s help.

Like another Gospel writer Luke, Mark was not one of the 12 apostles.    We cannot be certain whether he knew Jesus personally.    Some scholars feel that the evangelist is speaking of himself (so he then did know Jesus) when describing the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane:  “Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body.    They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked” (Mark 14:51-52).   Mark’s Gospel was a great contribution to the Church.   It included oral and written tradition concerning the words and deeds of Jesus.    Mark probably secured some of his material from St. Peter.   He shows Jesus as the suffering Son of God.    Mark knew that to accept the Risen Jesus meant to come to terms with the cross.    Jesus was glorified because he willingly allowed himself to suffer death for our salvation.    Mark writes that anyone who wishes to follow Jesus must accept the cross.

Mark wrote to proclaim the Good News to a community of both Jewish and Gentile Christians.   His Gospel is direct and simple to read.    He speaks to Christians about Jesus, who understands their difficulties and sufferings and will one day bring them to share with him eternal joy and glory.

Traditionally Mark is thought to have been founder and bishop of the church of Alexandria, Egypt, where he was martyred.

Over the years artists have given a symbol to each of the evangelists.    Mark’s symbol is a winged lion because his Gospel begins with the story of John the Baptist who, like a roaring lion, called people to repent.   The lion derives from Mark’s description of John the Baptist as a “voice of one crying out in the desert” (Mark 1:3), which artists compared to a roaring lion.    The wings come from the application of Ezekiel’s vision of four winged creatures to the evangelists.

My 30 Favorite Albums of 2010-2014

Internet social media changed conversations about everyday life, trends came and went as always, new sounds have stuck for better and for worse, and the music scene has shattered the stereotype that you need to suck up to any label anymore to get people to like you. The 2010’s has been one incredible decade for music, like it or not. The past 5 years have blessed us with glorious genre defining classics and fuckery to last us a lifetime. I initially wanted to only put 20 but these records are so great that I had to expand the list to include them all! Strap yourselves in for the biggest list that I’ve EVER done on this site.

30. Passion Pit — Gossamer

Warm, exhilarating, and much more refined than their previous effort, Michael Angelakos’ vocals soar and float over well with the bright production on songs like “Take a Walk” and the songwriting feels more humane and developed than ever before. Angelakos could make a song about alcoholism and abuse sound like the most inviting and twisted thing in the world in their universe (“Constant Conversations”) and the soulful feel of the album brings consistency that carries it through from start to finish.

29. Blu & Exile — Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them

It’s clear that MC Blu shines best with producer Exile, and many didn’t think their stellar debut could be topped, much less even followed up. After the ATROCIOUS sounding unmixed version of the album hit the internet, the properly mixed and mastered version of the record showed a more mature sound to their chemistry that had never been shown before. While “Below the Heavens” will be this duos opus, with songs like “Maybe One Day”, “Good Morning Neighbor”, “Seasons”, and “Ease Your Mind” show this album can stand on its own without question.

28. Bon Iver — Bon Iver, Bon Iver

While some will criticize this album for bringing so many different sounds to the point of the group being unrecognizable from their debut, the added flavor of strings and horns bring this group to life like never before. From the moment you hear the tender “Holocene” you feel the rebirth of indie rock in a modern era and “Towers” shows they’ve transformed into a quiet monster that the world is STILL highly anticipating a followup release from ever since.

27. Daft Punk — Random Access Memories

I think it’s more appropriated to call this legendary duo Frankenstein the way they’ve revived disco with RAM. Rich, authentic, groovy, and in a class of its own, “Get Lucky”, “Lose Yourself to Dance”, and “Give Life Back to Music”, will have you dance the night away for decades to come. Daft Punk are the most timeless electronic musicians ever alongside Giorgio Moroder (whom is paid homage to with “Giorgio by Moroder), and them being able to bring back a sound that has long been forgotten without sacrificing to any trend is a remarkable feat in itself. Oh and that whole Album of the Year Grammy they got for this album was cool too.

26. D’Angelo – Black Messiah

Biased fanboy I am, but I’ll be damned if the impact of this album isn’t felt already. After personal complications and false starts for nearly 15 years, D’Angelo returns out of nowhere with an album that every bit as soulful, profound and exhilarating asVoodoo and Brown Sugar.Blending more genres than ever before, D'Angelo brings his neo-soul vibes (“Sugah Daddy”), gospel (“Prayer”), blues (“Another Life”) funk (“Ain’t That Easy”) to express his thoughts on religion, politics (“1000 Deaths), morality, love, sexuality, and even his own life (“Back to the Future I & II”) through the course of the 12 track masterpiece. An album that can speak to many, D'Angelo sure took his sweet ass time to show he can bring something fresh to the ears of the listen without having to conform to anyone.

25. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata

A collaboration that NO ONE saw coming ends up being one of the most exciting rap has seen in years. The Beat Konducta brings some of his best beats to Freddie Gibbs on top of his game. Recorded for over 3 years, tracks like “Thuggin”, “Shame”, and “Real” feel like the blaxploitation era on wax, and only made stronger now by how diverse a rapper Gibbs is. Madlib’s beat have as much character as Gibbs’ rapping, from the elegant “Robes” to the painful “Broken”, the knocking diss track “Real” and posse cut “Pinata”, these two never cease to impress track for track on this album. One can only hope that these two come together again or let their legacy be untouched like Madvillainy.

24. Lorde — Pure Heroine

Who would’ve guessed that a then 17 year old from New Zealand would be the most exciting pop act of the past 5 years? Blending her eclectic choices of production with her razor sharp observational songwriting, Lorde gives a realistic take on the mind of a teenager (“Royals”) with her reflecting on her explosion that feels solemn, dark and ultimately human (“Tennis Court”). Much more than a collection of radio smashes slapped together to move units, this deconstructed pop album feels unique and gloomy to the core and Lorde hooks you in with every word she breathlessly sings.

23. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP

I already know I’m getting some SERIOUS flack for choosing this over the excellent mixtape “Live.Love.A$AP” from you guys. Thing is to me, while there were certainly great (if not greater at times) highlights of that mixtape, the worst moments of that tape are much more apparent and certain features drag down entire songs as a whole. Flacko’s debut album has strong highlights one after another, with better production (Hit-Boy, ASAP Ty Beats, Clams Casino, Danger Mouse, Noah “40” Shebib, T-Minus, Skrillex, and better features (Schoolboy Q, Santigold, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Drake, Big K.R.I.T., Danny Brown, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg and Florence Welch) that support the record as a whole. While that certainly seems like a LOT of features, know that most songs are strictly Rocky, and that he is more than capable of carrying the best moments all on his own as well; “Long.Live.A$AP”, “Goldie”, “LVL” and “Wild for the Night” show that he can make a great song without other vocalists stealing the thunder. And even then, they never overshadow him completely except for a few (“Fuckin’ Problems” getting dismantled by Drake, 1 Train getting eating by Krizzle). New and returning faces from his mixtape come through to bring one hell of a highlight reel of guests that bring one of the most entertaining albums in hip hop as of late.

22. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

The shortest record to date by one of the most acclaimed musicians of the past decade comes with all the strengths of previous releases like “Cosmogramma” and “Los Angeles” into a cohesive package about one of the most mysterious aspects of life: its end. Enlisting Kendrick Lamar for the mindblowing “Never Catch Me”, along with Tesla”, “Cold Dead”, and “Turkey Dog Coma” come and go in the blink of an eye, but hold the albums statement on the reflection on death, and the uncertainty of when it will be your time. But rest assured, Flylo did his best to make something so depressing at the roots something beautiful to hear.

21. James Blake - Overgrown

I may be in the minority, but I truly love the more accessible, bearing, more quaint approach in Overgrown than I did with Blake’s debut. Blake became a more fully realized vocal performer with tracks like “Life Round Here” and “Retrograde” than he did previously, and fit the production to compliment his vocal styles perfectly. Every synth, every note, every harmony clicked for him while also retaining his signature sound. As his profile raises, so too does his ability to leave you struck in awe.

20. M83 — Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

An ethereal experience from beginning to end, this is not only the strongest M83 album to date, but one of electronic music’s best in quite some years as well. Synthpop, dream pop, new wave, shoegazing, indie rock are all blended into one incredible experience front to back, and while “Wait” and “Reunion” are monsters in their own right, it’s “Midnight City” that is a colossal monster in which the likes the world has never heard before or since. Though it’s known this album was made more commercially friendly than previous releases from the group, sometimes running for success doesn’t need to mean you sacrifice what makes you great.

19. Queens of the Stone Age — Like Clockwork

In what is perhaps theirs strongest album since “Songs for the Deaf”, Queens of the Stone Age bring their most mellow, bleak, restrained music yet. Bringing along a hit list of contributors (Alex Turner, Elton John, Dave Grohl) as typical QOTSA albums do, Josh Homme and company do their first number one album justice with excellent songs like “I Sat By the Ocean”, “My God is the Sun”, Fairweather Friends” and bring a focused sound that the group has never had before.

18. Pusha T — My Name is My Name

Considered a companion piece to the abrasive “Yeezus”, MNIMN is the debut 3 years in the making of the former Clipse member that delivers in spades. Primarily produced by Kanye West, Pusha brings forth some the sharpest, unapologetic lyricism on grace a mainstream hip hop album with some aggressive and unorthodox production to match. (“King Push”, “Numbers on the Boards)” Ranging from Ye, to regular collaborator Pharrell (the Clipse throwback “Suicide”), Hudson Mohawke, and Swizz Beatz (“Sweet Serenade) with an all star cast like Rick Ross (“Hold On”) Kendrick Lamar (“Nosetalgia”), The-Dream (“40 Acres”) and more. King Push makes an album not for the faint of heart, or noses and holds absolutely no punches.

17. Arctic Monkeys — AM

Sounding like a love letter to psychedelic rock and West Coast hip hop, the British band manages to craft their most engrossing album yet with a collection of songs that holds your attention and never falters. “Do I Wanna Know” might be one of the strongest rock songs of the past 5 years, and “Arabella” feels like a Dr. Dre song getting flipped with an indie twist the way Alex Turner floats over the instrumental. Songs like “Snap Out of It”, “Why Do You Only Call Me When You’re High?” and “R U Mine” highlight their influences without being too indulgent and pretentious and show that a complete makeover isn’t always a bad thing. This might be the first album to declare being a lone riding space ranger without you immediately bursting into laughter.

16. Drake – Nothing Was the Same

It’s easy to want to put “Take Care” in place of this album. Believe me, I’ll probably wish that I did by the time I finish this, and I’d think the same of me putting Take Care in place of NWTS had I done so. But as it stands right now, this is the strongest release from the biggest new rap artist of the decade at the moment. Very much so a victory lap in feel (“Tuscan Leather” sets that stage perfectly with no singing at all”) it’s also the album that shows Drake truly becoming whole within the hip hop spectrum as one of its biggest voices. As if that weren’t enough, he brings together aspects of his life that were relatively untouched in beautiful songs like “From Time” or “Too Much” rather than sing about an ex he drunk dials. Though he can easily provide the solemn feels he’s known for (“Connect”, “Own It”, “Come Thru”), he sounds more ready to attack the world with his status as it currently stands than ever (“The Language”, “Worst Behavior”) and bring together an album that showcases the best of Drake the artist but also reveal Aubrey Graham, the human being.

15. Run the Jewels — Run The Jewels 2

The first 5 seconds of this record is Killer Mike saying “I’M FINNA BANG THIS BITCH THE FUCK OUT!”. The 38 minutes that follow is him fulfilling that promise. While their first album together was an excellent piece, the two coming together more fully have given us one of the deadliest pairings in rap in recent years. More structured, deeper chemistry, more layered production and strong features make this record a danger to anyone who thought they were being abrasive on an album before, showcasing police brutality (“Early”), critiquing those in power to the harshest extend and teabagging pirhannas (“Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck”, “Lie Cheat Steal”), declaring fuckboy jihads (“Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”), and finding hope in a former drug addict (“Crown”). El-P and Killer Mike effectively raised the bar on hip hop joint albums and didn’t even charge you a dime for it. Don’t cry now.

14. Big Boi — Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

Probably the most underrated hip hop artist of all time, it’s easy to be overlooked when your partner is Andre 3000. But to not be acknowledged by your own peers has to be worse, especially when you make music that is just as great as him, and provide a solo debut album that is as strong as this. Recorded for over 3 years before finally being dropped on Def Jam, Big Boi brings forth the best guests, production and his own effort to the table and doesn’t cease to disappoint. Ignoring every trend in that time period, he brings out the best of every artist with him, such as Gucci Mane on “Shine Blockas”, Yelawolf on the bonkers Andre 3000 produced “You Ain’t No DJ”, Jamie Foxx on the sensually Lil Jon produced “Hustle Blood”, and packs enough punch in songs like “General Patton”, Shutterbugg”, and “Daddy Fat Sax” to prove that he is doing more than fine with 3 Stacks in the picture. In fact, he shows that if THIS is the kind of output Big Boi is releasing, it’s showing that Andre’s own proper solo debut has quite a lot to live up to.

13. The Weeknd — Trilogy

It’s impossible to pick one of Abel Tesfaye’s mixtapes as his definitive work, so I’ll let the remastered compilation make it easier on you all. Unique and breathtaking from the moment go, The Weeknd’s sex crazed drug frenzy of a trilogy of mixtapes (“House of Ballons”, “Thursday”, Echoes of Silence”) is hypnotic, vulgar, sensual, and beautifully well crafted. Whether it’s the sex you need (“What You Need”), the feelings you crave (“The Zone”, featuring mentor Drake), the wild life he lives (“The Party & The After Party”), the love letter to his fans that he won’t change in the spotlight (“Rolling Stone”), what it takes to be in the crew (“Initiation”) or a badass Michael Jackson cover, (“D.D.”), Abel has you covered.

12. Janelle Monaè — The ArchAndroid

One of the most impressive, eclectic, powerful and ingenious of our time, her debut studio album is one of the most brilliant concept records in recent memory that ties together R&B, soul, funk, progressive rock, and hip hop in ways never attempted, usually in the same song, and beautifully orchestrates them with little effort. The two incredible lead singles “Cold War” transitioning into “Tightrope” has to be one of the most magical musical moments of the past half decade and the energy of the album is as tight as its ideas of the future it presents itself in. Big Boi has discovered the bravest new voice of the Dungeon Family, and it seems she may surpass most any recording artist alive today if given the chance.

11. Big K.R.I.T. — Return of 4Eva

Perhaps the best hip hop record from the South this decade so far, Big K.R.I.T. delivers an incredibly cohesive package at the cost of $free.99 that easily beats some of the hip hop records available at retail upon their release. Whether it’s love letters to your car (“Rotation”, “My Sub”), his dreams of being a rap star (“Dreamin’”, “American Rapstar”), bass knocking, breezy Southern trunk knockers (“Get Right”), the blues and troubles of growing up poor (“King’s Blues”, “Free My Soul”), or prayers to God (“The Vent”), Krizzle is without a doubt the most underappreciated artist of his time, and projects like these are testaments that the young Mississippi king will be remembered in due time.

10. DJ Koze – Amygdala

Having literally no knowledge of the music that would come out of this album, I was completely caught off guard with this one. Grossly hypnotic, immersive, and very melodic, this German DJ/producer is in a world of his own the moment you listen this album. “Nices Wolkchen”, “Magical Boy”, may “Das Wort” may take patience to show their beauty underneath, while tracks like “Homesick” and “La Duquesa” show their extravagance early on. Richly layered and beautifully orchestrated, this unconventional electronic release will most likely remain a diamond in the rough that the electronic world will be silently catching up to decades from now.

9. Beyoncé – Beyoncé

Who in the industry could really do what Beyonce did on the scale she did it on and have it work? And THEN have the music she just threw out of literally NOWHERE have it be incredible start to finish? Bey earns her crown here in aces with what is perhaps one of the most explicit, darkest, and most mature pop albums in history, much less the best of her career. Beyonce brought together an audio and visual feast and the world could only lap at her feet at her prideful feminism. Featured writers (Sia, Boots, Miguel, The-Dream) bring a clearer vision to her words, guests (Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj) pack a punch and bring traits that help the record vary itself, and producers (Boots, Timbaland, JT, 40, Pharrell) show that Bey is still ahead of the curve with choosing her desired sound. By showcasing her love for family and her impact on popular culture, this is the pop record that will be the template to judge others for years to come.

8. Tame Impala – Lonerism

Aussie psychedelic rock outfit returned with the follow to their stellar 2010 debut “Innerspeaker” with perhaps a psych-rock opus in “Lonerism”. Stronger lyricism and more layered production such as on tracks like “Mind Mischief” and “Why Won’t They Talk to Me” showcase the band’s nostalgic feel without being overblown and pretentious. Provocative and engaging throughout, the punchier feel to the album carries your attention from the wistful “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”, the spaced out “Endors Toi” to the slow burning “Apocalypse Dreams”, Kevin Parker and company have crafted a new age triumph.

7. Chance the Rapper — Acid Rap

Unique and crafty in every possible way, this Chicago youth has brought forth the most engaging Chicago hip hop debut since his idol released his a decade ago. This guy has had sets at major festivals around the world, and the closest thing he has to record sales are from illegal means from bootleggers. Though I admittedly couldn’t get into his voice for many songs, his great lyrics made me give it a shot and I’m glad I did. Hilarious (“NaNa”), emotional (“Everybody’s Something”, “Paranoia”,
Acid Rain”), and all around fun as hell (“Juice”) with a fluid flow to match his insane technical ability (“Favorite Song”), I see nothing but promise from Chance in the near future.

6. Disclosure – Settle

Guy and Howard Lawrence might be soon responsible for ushering in the second British invasion, as this album may be the best electronic album in at least 10 years that showcases the talents of every guest singer to the best of their abilities. Though the mega smash “Latch” featuring breakout star Sam Smith is deceptively radio friendly, the rest of “Settle” only serves to highlight how weak that song is in comparison to the rest of the project. AlunaGeorge (“White Noise”), Jamie Woon (“January”), Eliza Doolittle (“You and Me”) and Jessie Ware (“Confess to Me”) all bring forth a brilliant formula and sound the likes of which no electronic album dares attempting.

5. Frank Ocean — Channel Orange

This could really be the only thing Frank Ocean ever releases in his career, and it’d be fine with me. Crafting an R&B right out of the gate wasn’t his intention, but “Pyramids” and “Thinkin’ Bout You” were Internet darlings even before the album’s release that were loved the world over. From “Sweet Life” to “Sierra Leone”, Frank shows his songwriting prowess and singing ability is of another world, and the guest that appear (Earl on “Super Rich Kids”, Andre 3000 on “Pink Matter”, Tyler on “Golden Girl”) all come into Frank’s world and make complete perfection along with him. The fact that a track like “Forrest Gump” is the way we find out one shocking secret about him that no one saw coming makes this album legendary beyond words.

4. Nas — Life is Good

20 years into the game, and my personal favorite rapper shows no signs of slowing down; in fact, he seems to be on top of his game more than most MC’s these days. Executive produced by No I.D., Nas showcases him at his lyrical best as reflects on his life and legacy, as well as give an actual engaging piece on a 40 year old in the rap game. Purists and new fans alike can find something to love about this album, from the dusty boom bap of “Loco-Motive”, the vicious “Accident Murderer”, the beautifully written “Daughter” about his shortcomings as a father, the ill-fated and incredibly well used feature of Amy Winehouse on “Cherry Wine”, the Queensbridge tribute “Back When” and the beautiful nostalgia of “Stay”, Nas may have finally proven that Illmatic is only part of the legacy of the man’s career, and that he still has more of a story to tell. And it’s reassuring to see an artist that didn’t have to sell 60 million records still revered still be relevant and loved by millions for simply being himself.

3. Vampire Weekend — Modern Vampires of the City

Still as quirky as ever, this ever evolving band released an album that is leaps and bounds ahead of anything they’ve released. From the Souls of Mischief referencing in “Step”, to the frantic “Diane Young” to the uneasy submission of religion in “Unbelievers” in their most straightforward, thought-provoking, and cohesive album to date. Evolved and mature in production and songwriting while still containing their obscure and well constructed lyrics, it seems as if hip hop head Erza Koenig and his band can do no wrong on this Grammy winning stunner of an indie rock album.

2. Kendrick Lamar — good kid, m.A.A.d city

Kendrick Lamar Duckworth has gone from underground darling to one of rap’s greatest voices in such a short time. Making songs that are accessible to mainstream ears with enough depth for hardcore fans to sink their teeth into, The Artist Formerly Known as K. Dot has found a way to strike a balance with authenticity and challenging music no one had heard in quite a long time . Dr. Dre’s latest protégé doing ridiculous boasting like “Backseat Freestyle” is not only a chance to flex his skill, but also blends beautifully into a story of loss, identity, loss, and hope within a corrupt society. Turning the tribulations of street violence (“m.a.a.d. City”) and desire (“Money Trees”) into platforms to express his desire to do better (“The Art of Peer Pressure”), Kendrick Lamar manages to stay grounded in reality and express conscious thoughts without becoming condescending to his audience. The story kicks into full gear the first few seconds into the album with “Sherane aka Master Splinter’s Daughter” and brings some of the biggest rappers and producers in rap at the moment (Hit-Boy, Pharrell, Drake, Jay Rock, Just Blaze) to create the Illmatic of the 2010’s.

1. Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

This might be the most predictable pick for the top of this list, I must admit. I could tell you about the man had basically been kicked to the curb by the media an entire year for every aspect of his public and private life and returned with a booming force of an album. I could tell you about the high acclaim this received across the world over. I could tell you about the amazing verses guests like Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross bring on fantastic tracks like “Monster” and “Devil in a New Dress” respectively. I could tell you about the outstanding production on songs like “So Appalled”,” POWER”, “Blame Game”, and “Runaway”. Covering themes of excess and celebrity, Kanye West makes an album larger than life while also making the man behind the ego come to life unlike any record he’s released. It doesn’t hurt he discusses consumerism, race, and the American Dream; almost typical of a Kanye album, but know that him mentioning the deeper thoughts of MLK and Malcolm will have an album with Fergie singing about snorting lines of cocaine and marrying a porn star (ayeeee!) so it’s earned it’s “twisted” in the name. The superstar list of contributions is endless (Jay-Z, Nicki, Pusha T, Raekwon, Bon Iver, No I.D., RZA, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Chris Rock, Mike Dean, etc.) and all comes together so fluidly to create the album that the decade will truly be known for ushering in during the beginning. As predictable a pick as this is for my top spot, it’s the only that will truly be right in the end.

Jesus is a black man
and Bethlehem lives
in a convenient store parking lot,
at a traffic stop,
on any street in America
Jesus tucks his hoodie up
over his ears
and the heavenly hosts whisper through earbuds

Jesus is a black man
and God tells him how to behave around cops
yanks down his hoodie and teaches him
how to look a man in the eyes
God teaches him how to feel equal
in a world that wants to shove him to the floor

Jesus is a black man
and Pontius Pilate is a thick necked police chief
scared of men like him
tall men
loud men
men with heart and soul and a voice
black men

Jesus is a black man
and Peter gets him trending on twitter
shaky video recording the moment the bullets pierced his chest
CNN ponders his criminal record
Fox News calls him a thug
the world wonders if Pilate really meant to kill

Jesus is a black man
and Mary weeps at his funeral
another black mother faced with her child’s corpse
broadcasted on Facebook, on Twitter, on every news network
Mary speaks strongly
Mary’s voice doesn’t shake

Jesus is a black man
one of many
and he’s gunned down,
he’s shot,
he’s murdered in a town square,
on the street,
in his car,

—  #jesuschrist

On the Blessed Holy Trinity

By some mysterious manifestation of the truth, the three Persons of the most Blessed Trinity reveal themselves, preceded by an illumination which shines on the spirit like a most dazzling cloud of light.  The three Persons are distinct from one another; a sublime knowledge is infused into the soul, imbuing it with a certainty of the truth that the Three are of one substance, power, and knowledge and are one God.
Thus that which we hold as a doctrine of faith, the soul now, so to speak, understands by sight, though it beholds the Blessed Trinity neither by the eyes of the body nor of the soul, this being no imaginary vision.
All the Three Persons here communicate Themselves to the soul, speak to it and make it understand the words of our Lord in the Gospel that He and the Father and the Holy Ghost will come and make their abode with the soul which loves Him and keeps His commandments.

The Interior Castle by St Teresa de Avila


“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone.” Mark 16:15.
What does the word preach mean?
- to tell the Word by mouth. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8 )
- to live the Gospel. (We all can do that even if we cannot speak). By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” This is living the Gospel!“ (John 13:35 )
Why do we need to preach?
Because Jesus commanded us to preach! I do not know anything that can change lives more than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It can unite broken homes, draw the alcoholic from the bottle, the gambler from the cards, the addict from the needle and draw all people into the Kingdom of God. It changes lives. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) 
Above all it gives eternal life to all who believe. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)


anonymous asked:

what do you say about veganism and the bible? the bible says that you can eat animals

This is a good question but a bit of a complicated one. God’s first dietary law comes from Genesis 1:29: “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. You shall have them for food.” There are several other passages that support the view that veganism is God’s will for man as part of the Covenant, which we shouldn’t forget was made with “both beast and man.“  I will select just three:

1) “God tests them [humans] so that they may see they are like the animals. Man’s fate is like that of the animals. The same fate awaits them both. As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath. Man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place. All come from dust and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth.” Ecclesiastes 3:19-21

2) “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf filled with hate.” Proverbs 15:17

3) “Keep yourselves from blood and things strangled and from dead bodies of birds and beasts, and from all deeds of cruelty, and from all that is gotten from wrong. Do you think that the blood of beasts and birds will wash away sin? I tell you, No! Speak the the truth, be just, and merciful to one another and to all creatures, and walk humbly with your Creator.“ The Gospel of the Nazirenes, 7:10

As you can see, it is not difficult to defend a reading of scripture that not only supports veganism, but actually mandates it. “Thou shalt not kill” has no “but” or “unless” tagged on the end. Truthfully, though, it is not difficult to also interpret scripture in support of killing animals for their flesh. Genesis tells us we have “dominion” over all “beasts,” and some people take that to mean we can do with them as we will. Some people say the Bible allows the eating of flesh because of the dietary prescriptions in the Torah, though, if you’re going to go down this route and follow all of the dietary laws of the Old Testament, you are also going to be eating strictly kosher, which I am guessing you are not. Almost all commercial animal products in the modern day would certainly be considered trefah, or forbidden. In absence of direct word on any given issue, Christians and biblical scholars are quite comfortable with interpreting general principles such as the sanctity of life, and applying it to modern ethical issues like IVF and abortion.

The general principle of valuing life, all life as sacred and created by God, fairly clearly should be applied to animal rights. There is also the principle that runs through the entire New Testament, of acting in a loving way and treating our fellow beings as we would like to be treated. Surely it is not out of the question to apply this thinking to animals, too? Christ certainly did not state otherwise, there are even several Biblical scholars who make reference to the fact that Jesus and some of his followers did not follow jewish dietary practices and did not consume any flesh that was once living. As for the feeding of the fish to the five thousand, other accounts of the story actually talk about melons being split, or the fish being “bought into being” (so not killed.)

So we can say with some certainty that you can interpret scripture in support of veganism, just like you can interpret it in support of eating animals; the Bible is not clear on the issue. Even if the Bible did mandate eating animals, which as we have found it does not, there are plenty of other things the Bible mandates that we no longer consider ethical. The Bible is not all “God-breathed” as Jeremiah states, it was a working document and even the Vatican is happy to accept that the Bible is very much a product of its time, coloured, like all texts, by the historical and cultural baggage of the context in which it was created. Factory farming did not exist when Jesus walked in Nazareth, nor did intensive crop farming. So we have to look at general Christian principles and apply them to these very modern problems. Jesus didn’t talk about keeping animals for flesh on a commercial scale. He did, however speak often about how all life is sacred and created by God. He did preach about taking the side of the weak against the strong, of the downtrodden and most vulnerable in the world against those who would harm them. And there are few as weak and as downtrodden as the animals we raise for our food. 

To me, it is fairly clear that the proper christian response to suffering, any suffering, is to do all we can to prevent and oppose it. And that sounds an awful lot like veganism to me. 

anonymous asked:

I have a queston concerning the Real Presence: As Catholics, the justification for Eucharist is in John 6, but Protestants point out that John 6:63-64 says that the flesh is useless, and thus it has to be symbolic and Christ was speaking metaphorically to the crowd. How do Catholics justify the Real Presence, Bibically?

Thank you for your question.  The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is a bedrock belief of the Catholic faith.  John 6 is a very important source for this teaching on the Eucharist, there are other Biblical sources in the Last Supper accounts of the Four Gospels, and in St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians (11:26-28).  Those other sources can be looked at another time.  

One important element of religious discussion is not to get into the act of throwing “Bible bombs“ back and forth; with the Catholic saying, "John 6!” the Protestant retorting, “John 6:63-64!” and the Catholic hitting back with, “But, but 1 Cor. 11:26-28!!”  There is no actual interchange taking place, no deeper understanding between the parties, and nothing being achieved other than lobbing verses back and forth like a game of hot potato, with the winner being the one who throws the last verse.  We do not want to fall into that black hole.  So, if you are in a conversation with someone on this topic, limit yourself to John and have a real discussion, using some of the questions you’ll find later in my response, before moving onto other Biblical texts.

Let us return to the story as found in John 6, the main section we are dealing with begins with verse 22.  The people who Jesus had fed the previous day with a multiplication of loaves went looking for him.  They find him, and ask for a sign so that they may believe (v30).  This is very important to note, as the story will end, not with the people believing, but with the people scandalized and leaving (v66)!

The next step is to see what exactly scandalized the people and made them leave, and more importantly, why Jesus would allow them to leave.  After all, if your friend is correct in saying that verses 63-64 were merely symbolic, why wouldn’t the people have understood that?  And why would Jesus have allowed people to leave Him over a misunderstanding?

Let us return to the text, in verse 32, Jesus says that the bread of God is that which, “comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world,” and the people respond, “Sir, give us this bread always” (v34).  Everything is good at this point.  The people sought out Jesus, they found Him, they want to believe in Him, and they ask for the bread which gives life to the world.

Jesus though, immediately orients the entire conversation to Himself by saying, “I am the bread of life…” (v35-40).  After Jesus is finished speaking, the people begin to become uneasy and “murmur“ about Jesus and ask how He can say such things (v41-42).  Interestingly, Jesus does not seek to alleviate their concerns, but doubles down on what he was saying, even telling them to, “Stop murmuring,” and concluding by saying, “I am the living bread that came down from Heaven[…] and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world” (v48-50).

The people listening to Jesus now move from murmuring to outright quarreling.  They challenge Jesus asking Him, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (v52)  Does Jesus back down?  No!  He doubles down on his double down.  Jesus adds a new teaching by no longer limiting Himself to being bread from heaven, but telling the people to drink his blood (v53-56).  Remember, these are Jews who keep strict kosher laws.  The people who he is speaking to will not even eat the blood of an animal, and now he is telling them that they will have to drink his blood!

The people protest to Jesus yet again!  ”This saying is hard; who can accept it?”  Jesus speaks the verse cited by your friend, but He in no way abrogates his previous teaching.  He is speaking to the fact that humanity cannot save itself through the sacrifices of the flesh which were taking place in the Temple.  Rather, it is only by having the Spirit of God in which one is saved!  And how does one receive this Spirit?  By eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus.  We know this because in verse 66 we are told that many of the people immediately left, then and there, returning to their former ways of life.

Why would they leave if they simply believed Jesus was speaking symbolically?  Why would Jesus allow them to leave if He felt he was being misunderstood?  And note what comes next, when he turns to the Twelve, he simply asks, “Do you also want to leave?” (v67)  He is referring to the discourse which had just happened.  His teaching, the people’s objection, his stronger teaching, the people’s stronger objection, his even stronger teaching, and the people leaving.  He lets the people leave, and now he is giving his closest disciples the same opportunity.  He is asking the Twelve, “You have heard what I said, the people won’t accept it, but you know me, and you have seen my signs, do you believe what I am saying to be true.”  Peter replies, “Master, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life” (v68).  Peter has come to believe that the words Jesus was speaking in his discourse with the people are true, true in essence, and not merely symbol.  He chooses to stay with Jesus knowing full well the implications of this teaching, even as the crowd has abandoned them.

We can see now why we must look at the whole context of the passage rather than a particular verse.  We can always twist verses and use them as Bible bombs to suit our needs.  The Scripture deserves better than to be treated in this manner.  Sadly, both sides often use Bible bombs to try and prove their arguments.  But when we look at the text as it was written, as it was initially proclaimed, and as it was understood by the first scores of generations of Christians; John 6 is most coherently interpreted not through the lens of mere symbol, but by the clear meaning of the words of the Word Himself.

anonymous asked:

Saying you hate the sin of homosexuality and not actual homosexuals is equally offensive. Don't try the "I have gay friends" card. Every homophobe plays that. If God is real, she made me a lesbian! Whoot. I've been engaged to the same woman for over a year. Absolutely in love.

So an anon sends me this ask: why are there so many homosexual catholic guys on tumblr? Don’t they get the message of the gospel?

And i respond with : “Yeah, they did. They must have read the part where it says Christ died for all our sins, not the heterosexual ones only. They must have read the part where Christ offers eternal salvation for all those who convert, and live our lives for Him. They must have read the part where we are loved by God, He calls us by name, and we are precious to Him.

I’m not 1/10th as holy as the Catholics you are speaking of. They have no reason to validate their faith to you, another sinner. I have noticed those who are faithful Catholics that are also gay/have same sex attraction, are the most compassionate and gentle people I’ve encountered.

How dare you mock their cross, a cross that Christ Himself said we must take up, to follow Him. Is it a joke, their sufferings?

I am a sinner, anon. And if you are appalled at the sight of a sinner who follows Christ, I’m not sure what you are doing on my tumblr.”

I’m sorry, I’m failing to see the homophobia here in the answer I had given. But I can’t help but notice the homophobia in your ask, when you assumed that gay Catholics can’t follow Catholic doctrine if they so choose to. It’s homophobic to assume gay people can’t adhere to thier own religion. What, they aren’t gay enough for you unless they are in a sexual relationship right? They have to “prove” thier homoseuality to you? I’m sorry, but this is sexualization of LGBTQ people. I know it’s hard to believe, but gay people are actual people (amazing right), and can practice religion if they choose too.

Our Inconsistent Love Is Never A Picture of God’s

God and His love for us is the most constant, stable, assuring thing on this Earth. (Hebrews 13:8) So if we are truly anchored in His perfect love that casts out fear, that is stronger than the power of death and sin, then why is it so tiring and difficult for us to trust it? Because we see our love for God and for others and we think that’s how God’s love is. We think that when we mess up, God hates us. We think that when we forget to do something, God is pointing His extremely large finger at us in condemnation. But no, Ephesians 2:4-10 says,

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

How do we embrace this unfailing love? 

By looking to the cross of Christ, by recognising our weakness, we are increasing the greatness of Christ in our lives (our greatest and only true need). When you come to God in humility, in repentance everyday knowing that it is not your own good that saves you but His, there true satisfaction, true joy, true embrace of His great love is found. 

What do we do with this love? 

He is the personification of love. Love that casts out all fear, that removes the sting of death and washes every sin white as snow. Just as God’s love flows out of who He is, His love should begin to flow out of us into others. True love, God’s love, is sacrificial, it is not selfish, but selfless. It does not anger, it does not envy or boast, it keeps no record of wrongs, it breathes the gospel of peace, it is not self seeking, but serving. Loving God and loving others are the two greatest commandments, so we need to take them pretty seriously.

1 Peter 4:8-11 says

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

 Yeah, we will fail, but His grace abounds. His love never ends. We cannot possibly put a limit on loving God and loving others. So devote your entire life to doing so. 

Even in loving, we need His strength

Saying you love something is easy. I love banana bread, I love tacos, I love music. But in order to love something truly, you need to act on it. Even though God is perfect in all of His ways, we need His strength to love Him. To read His word, to love HIs presence, to seek Him in the pains of life, to rejoice in His glory. We need help and that’s not a bad thing. We definitely need help to love other sinful people like ourselves. No one but God is perfect, so we absolutely need HIs perfect love to love others. So don’t go on any longer thinking you can love others by your own strength. It is a commandment to lean not on your own understanding, but on HIM, who created all things, sustains all things, and will renew all things. 

What is your motive in posting a status or a photo on social media? Is it to glorify yourself, your academic ambitions, your physical beauty? You call yourself a child of God, but are you really passionate about Him?? Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (2 Corinth 13:5)? Most of us would rather live for the praises of one another, rather than living for the approval of God, Himself (John 5:44). None of us are perfect, but out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matt 12:34). Let us focus on what’s really important and that is loving God with all of our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind, and proclaiming the Gospel with our lives, words and actions. There are millions of souls that are dropping into hell every single day…. Are you allowing God to use you for His purpose?