Friday, March 24, 2017



Darkness is luminous:
It bends as light.
Day is over:
It rises with night.

A clock is a statue;
A desert, a lake.
Sorrow is joy;
A festival, a wake.

The moon is the sun;
The universe, a box;
Truth, appearance;
Reality, paradox.

Christ Destroys His Cross (1932-34) by Jose Clemente Orozco 


  1. Christ Destroys His Cross (1932-34) by Jose Clemente Orozco

    In the gospels, Christ is destroyed by his cross, that is to say, the cross is the instrument of the crucifixion and death of Jesus accomplished by Roman soldiers and Jewish leaders. Orozco's painting shows a symbolic reversal: Christ destroys his cross, not the other way around. We are shown a militant Christ, conquering and violent, boldly confronting. Has Orozco misunderstood the meaning of the Christ of the gospels, who triumphs in glory through weakness and failure, especially by undergoing the defeat of an ignominious death? The artwork abounds in irony.


  2. Blessed Oscar Romero—Christ Destroys His Cross?

    “When the Church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises.” (Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, March 11, 1979)

    “Christians are not afraid to struggle, they know how to fight, but they prefer to speak the language of peace. However, when a dictatorship seriously undermines the human rights and the common well-being of the nation, when it becomes unbearable and all channels to dialogue are closed...when this happens, then the Church speaks of the legitimate right to insurrectional violence.” (Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, February 2, 1980)


    The Church’s Magisterium admits the recourse to armed struggle as a last resort to put an end to an obvious and prolonged tyranny which is gravely damaging to the fundamental rights of individuals and the common good.—Libertatis Conscientia 79

    Blessed Oscar Romero—score one for the Marxists.