the epiphany of the lord

very important and underrated quote that needs to be discussed because this confirms that ralph believes that being jack merridew is superior to being chief and that as long as you’re jack merridew you shouldn’t care about anything else

so basically ralph is annoyed by jack but he’s also his no.1 fangirl 

which means

ralph is the epitome of the jack fandom

Minas Tirith

So I was looking at pictures of Minas Tirith, because I often do, and you should too. 

Originally posted by mirkokosmos

And I noticed something that had always bothered me. Maybe you noticed it to. That big giant jutting out spear of rock? Yeah, you know the one, the one Denethor runs off of. Well, there was a picture where the light hits it just the right way. And it all made sense.

We know that Minas Tirith is carved out of a mountain. The entire city was carved away and so fixed in stone that you can’t break down a house without further digging into a mountain. The place is a fortress, and solid stone. And I always thought it weird that there was a rock sticking out, and they didn’t bother to carve it down into more homes. I get it, they wanted a courtyard, but they couldn’t have wanted more housing?

And then it dawned on me. No, they didn’t carve that point out, because how else would they tell time? 

Minas Tirith is a giant sundial.

Originally posted by lecterings

And depending on what parts of the city are visible or not visible tells what time of day it is. 

BARE: A POP OPERA SENTENCE STARTERS.

ACT 1  /  ACT 2 

EPIPHANY.

  • ❝  pray for me to the lord our god.  ❞
  • ❝  and he knows that his romance is doomed.  ❞
  • ❝  dig down deep and save your soul.  ❞
  • ❝  but it doesn’t all make sense, what i feel is real.  ❞

YOU & I.

  • ❝  hey little boy, would you like a ride, a lollipop, a puppy? how about a baseball bat, there’s one in my pants.  ❞
  • ❝  so a kiss is out of the question then?  ❞
  • ❝  are we damned?  ❞
  • ❝  this is all just a game.  ❞
  • ❝  you take my hand, leaving me breathless.  ❞
  • ❝  i’ll be with you always.  ❞
  • ❝  tell me why i should trust you when the girls all lust to touch you.  ❞
  • ❝  you’re cute and it’s tough to argue with a hard-on.  ❞
  • ❝  what we have is perfect.  ❞
  • ❝  is that supposed to shut me up?  ❞
  • ❝  miss me.  ❞

ROLE OF A LIFETIME.

  • ❝  everything’s an act when you’re pleasing everyone.  ❞
  • ❝  thoughts battle words over deeds, a war with such casualties.  ❞
  • ❝  when we’re alone it all somehow makes sense.  ❞
  • ❝  remember the word ‘forget’ and try to bury something so intense.  ❞
  • ❝  but what role do i play? am i a savior or a phase? am i here to damn you or to help you navigate this maze?  ❞
  • ❝  what happens when the music stops? in the silence will you stay?  ❞
  • ❝  one day you’ll realize that these feelings aren’t going away.  ❞

AUDITIONS.

  • ❝  hey, what’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.  ❞
  • ❝  i think i’ve seen all i can stand to see.  ❞
  • ❝  hear my voice.  ❞
  • ❝  did you really hear me?  ❞
  • ❝  you think you know me.  ❞

PLAIN JANE FAT ASS.

  • ❝  yeah, looking forward to that conversation.  ❞
  • ❝  why are you so hard on yourself?  ❞
  • ❝  why are you such an overachiever?  ❞
  • ❝  but i’ll have the last laugh, you bet your ass.  ❞
  • ❝  dad’s birthday package arrived, two weeks late as usual.  ❞

WONDERLAND.

  • ❝  you should throw her a surprise.  ❞
  • ❝  where’s the trust?  ❞
  • ❝  you look like a million bucks, wear something cheaper to the scene.  ❞
  • ❝  i think the map is upside-down.  ❞
  • ❝  i got your back but i won’t babysit. i don’t need that shit.  ❞
  • ❝  play the game, player, but play to stay in it.  ❞

A QUIET NIGHT AT HOME.

  • ❝  all my friends are gone and once again i find myself alone.  ❞
  • ❝  sadness, who me? sad?  ❞
  • ❝  honey, it’ll be okay.  ❞
  • ❝  after all you’ve such a pretty face.  ❞
  • ❝  play my siren song, attracting none. my ship just won’t come in.  ❞
  • ❝  never ever even get the chance to sin.  ❞
  • ❝  what a tale of star-crossed lovers.  ❞
  • ❝  pain adores me. god ignores me.  ❞

BEST KEPT SECRET.

  • ❝  you can’t kiss me inside?  ❞
  • ❝  i know this world can have a place for us if we just try to find a way to trust that time will be kind.  ❞
  • ❝  all i ever want is there in your eyes.  ❞
  • ❝  we whisper words when we’re alone at night. i wanna hear them in the morning light.  ❞
  • ❝  with love on our side i know we’ll be alright.  ❞
  • ❝  you’re such a coward.  ❞
  • ❝  all this ‘forever’, can’t you live for today?  ❞
  • ❝  it’s best kept secret.  ❞

PORTRAIT OF A GIRL.

  • ❝  they say she’s fairest of them all.  ❞
  • ❝  don’t mind me, i’m just watching.  ❞
  • ❝  she’ll play her part, she sees that she’s a work of art.  ❞
  • ❝  don’t know what to say; i’m scared i’ll say too much.  ❞
  • ❝  stripped bare, beneath all the layers, would you recognize the girl lying there?  ❞

BIRTHDAY, BITCH.

  • ❝  i wrote a song for us to sing.  ❞
  • ❝  happy birthday, ___, you are the special birthday bitch!  ❞
  • ❝  mary jane made some brownies, they’re dope.  ❞
  • ❝  i may have to crash here tonight, there’s no way i’m gonna make it home.  ❞
  • ❝  i wish your piñata were that big.  ❞
  • ❝  i hear our song on the radio and i don’t care who knows.  ❞
  • ❝  i wish i could shout it, shout how much i love you!  ❞

ONE KISS.

  • ❝  i spent the whole party just waiting for us to be alone. but then, you must have known. or perhaps you haven’t noticed how i stare.  ❞
  • ❝  why should i be frightened?  ❞
  • ❝  i’ve wanted to kiss you for so long.  ❞
  • ❝  you’re wasted and this is wrong.  ❞
  • ❝  could that be some life stirring in your jeans? how obscene!  ❞
  • ❝  don’t you want to kiss me?  ❞

ARE YOU THERE?

  • ❝  how come life is so unfair?  ❞
  • ❝  do you know, well of course you do, what it’s like to be afraid that nothing will become of all the plans that you have made?  ❞
  • ❝  i try so hard to please you but you never seem to see.  ❞
  • ❝  i wish i knew that someone out there cared.  ❞
  • ❝  it sucks to be ignored.  ❞
  • ❝  they said things would get better but i guess they lied.  ❞
  • ❝  who cares what people think? we’re fine! we’ve been through this before.  ❞
  • ❝  look, i’m going to bed. i’ll catch you later, alright?  ❞

911 EMERGENCY.

  • ❝  change is coming, it’s coming.  ❞
  • ❝  seems the love that dare not speak its name done gone ahead and spoke.  ❞
  • ❝  it’s time to be a grownup.  ❞
  • ❝  jesus knows what’s up.  ❞

REPUTATION STAIN’D.

  • ❝  i’m free tonight, just so you know.  ❞
  • ❝  where were you last night? i waited up.  ❞
  • ❝  alack the day, he’s gone, he’s killed, he’s dead!  ❞
  • ❝  what’d you call me?  ❞
  • ❝  or maybe, maybe my dad will just beat the shit out of me and then disown me. yeah, smart money says that’s his first move.  ❞
  • ❝  i can’t deal with this anymore. i mean, you’re all i have, don’t you get that?  ❞
  • ❝  what? are you out of your mind?  ❞
  • ❝  this… us… whatever… it needs to stop.  ❞

EVER AFTER.

  • ❝  you stand before me and i barely know you.  ❞
  • ❝  is it so easy to leave?  ❞
  • ❝  where is the boy who said i was his soulmate? where is the boy i believed?  ❞
  • ❝  not all tales have happy endings, we can’t keep pretending ‘cause there’s no such thing as heroes who are queer.  ❞
  • ❝  you’ve hurt me more than you know.  ❞
  • ❝  all that i wanted was you. you were my tomorrow.  ❞

SPRING.

  • ❝  are you almost done with this pretty little ode?  ❞
  • ❝  stay the hell out of my way.  ❞
  • ❝  mother nature is a turd. she can shover her flowers right up her ass.  ❞
  • ❝  baby, let it snow.  ❞

ONE.

  • ❝  i didn’t mean to throw myself at you like that.  ❞
  • ❝  i meant all those things i told you. my feelings for you are real and i… just know i wouldn’t lie.  ❞
  • ❝  you want me to kiss you, don’t you?  ❞
  • ❝  one forever, can you feel it?  ❞
  • ❝  i’m so happy, does it show?  ❞
  • ❝  are you there? please pick up the phone.  ❞
  • ❝  i’ve never felt so all alone.  ❞
  • ❝  once i had a hero, i guess he couldn’t stay. fear took up his trembling hand and led him far away.  ❞

A homily given by Saint Josemaría Escrivá on January 6, 1956: Feast of the Epiphany.

Matthew 2:1-5.7-11
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star 3 at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet. Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

To understand this passage of the holy Gospel
“Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, of gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Mt 2:11). Let us pause here a while to understand this passage of the holy Gospel. How is it possible that we, who are nothing and worth nothing, can make an offering to God? …

Giving is a vital need for those in love
But the Lord knows full well that giving is a vital need for those in love, and he himself points out what he desires from us. He does not care for riches, nor for the fruits or the beasts of the earth, nor for the sea or the air, because they all belong to him. He wants something intimate, which we have to give him freely: “My son, give me your heart” (Prov 22:26). Do you see? God is not satisfied with sharing. He wants it all. It’s not our things he wants. It is ourselves. It is only when we give ourselves that we can offer other gifts to our Lord.

Gold, What is our treasure?
Let us give him gold. The precious gold we receive when in spirit we are detached from money and material goods. Let us not forget that these things are good, for they come from God. But the Lord has laid down that we should use them without allowing our hearts to become attached to them, putting them to good use for the benefit of all mankind.

Earthly goods are not bad, but they are debased when man sets them up as idols, when he adores them. They are ennobled when they are converted into instruments for good, for just and charitable Christian undertakings. We cannot seek after material goods as if they were a treasure. Our treasure is here, in a manger. Our treasure is Christ and all our love and desire must be centered on him…

Frankincense, human warmth
We offer frankincense that rises up to the Lord: our desire to live a noble life which gives off the “aroma of Christ.” To impregnate our words and actions with his aroma is to sow understanding and friendship. We should accompany others so that no one is left, or can feel, abandoned. Our charity has to be affectionate, full of human warmth.

What does Jesus Christ teach us?
That is what Jesus Christ teaches us. Mankind awaited the coming of the Saviour for centuries. The prophets had announced his coming in a thousand ways. Even in the farthest corners of the earth, where a great part of God’s revelation to men was perhaps lost through sin or ignorance, the longing for God, the desire to be redeemed, had been kept alive.

As a baby
When the fullness of time comes, no philosophical genius, no Plato or Socrates appears to fulfil the mission of redemption. Nor does a powerful conqueror, another Alexander, take over the earth. Instead a child is born in Bethlehem. He it is who is to redeem the world. But before he speaks he loves with deeds. It is no magic formula he brings, because he knows that the salvation he offers must pass through human hearts. What does he first do? He laughs and cries and sleeps defenceless, as a baby, though he is God incarnate. And he does this so that we may fall in love with him, so that we may learn to take him in our arms….

Myrrh, the spirit of sacrifice
Together with the Magi we also offer myrrh, the spirit of sacrifice that can never be lacking in a Christian life. Myrrh reminds us of the passion of our Lord. On the cross he is offered wine mingled with myrrh. And it was with myrrh that his body was anointed for burial. But do not think that to meditate on the need for sacrifice and mortification means to add a note of sadness to this joyful feast we celebrate today.

Mortification is not pessimism or bitterness. Mortification is useless without charity. That is why we must seek mortifications which, while helping us develop a proper dominion over the things of this earth, do not mortify those who live with us…A Christian is a person who knows how to love with deeds and to prove his love on the touchstone of suffering.

The star
We read in the Gospel that the Magi, videntes stellam — when they saw the star — were filled with great joy.
—They rejoiced, my son, they were immensely glad, because they had done what they were supposed to do; and they rejoiced because they knew for certain they would reach the King, who never abandons those who seek him.

Where is the king? Could it be that Jesus wants to reign above all in men’s hearts, in your heart? That is why he has become a child, for who can help loving a little baby? Where then is the king? Where is the Christ whom the Holy Spirit wants to fashion in our souls? He cannot be present in the pride that separates us from God, nor in the lack of charity which cuts us off from others. Christ cannot be there. In that loveless state man is left alone.
As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him: “Lord, take away my pride; crush my self-love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.”