Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Prayer For Social Justice

ALMIGHTY God, who hast created man in thine own image; Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice among men and nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

- from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer 

Green Bay is TITLE TOWN USA! The Packers are America's Team

I have been a fan of the Packers since I was a Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi fan in the 1960's as a small boy. I am no less a fan now, in the Mike McCarthy-Aaron Rodgers Era. The Packers have always gone to the Super Bowl in pairs (1966-1967; 1996-1997), and the road to the SuperBowl this year in the NFC cuts through Green Bay. This year, I believe that the Packers will repeat as Super Bowl Champions and will add another title to jewel of the crown of TITLETOWN USA. The Packers have NFL Championships in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010. They have 13 world championships, the most in NFL history. It is the Packers who are truly "America's team." They are the NFL's only community owned team, in the blue-collar town of Green Bay.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Magical Mystery Tour Premiered on Boxing Day 1967

Forty-four years ago today, on Boxing Day in 1967, viewers of the BBC in the United Kingdom were treated to the Beatle's self-made movie, the Magical Mystery Tour. A project largely conceived by Paul, the Beatles went out to the country side in a painted bus, and filmed the movie, which largely consisted of made-up adventures, psychedelic fantasy and dream sequences, and great videos of Beatle songs. The movie at the time was savaged by the critics, but since has become a Beatle fan favorite. As Paul McCartney once said, "What other movie can you watch and see John Lennon singing 'I am the Walrus?'"

In England, the six movie songs were released as a double 45RPM Extend Play (EP); in the United States, a full album was released, which in addition to the movie songs contained both sides of their last three non-album singles. It was a number one LP in the United States, and the Britain eventually put out the album version later, in 1978.

As an album, it is one of the Beatle's finest, but then again, all the Beatle albums are great. Such Beatle classics as the title track, I am the Walrus, and number #1 singles Hello Goodbye,  Strawberry Fields Forever, Penny Lane, and All You Need is Love appear on the album. The Magical Mystery Tour is a personal favorite of mine.

I had the enormous pleasure of watching Paul McCartney perform Hello Goodbye, Penny Lane, and Magical Mystery Tour in concert.

Here is the song list:

Magical Mystery Tour 
Fool on the Hill 
Blue Jay Way
Your Mother Should Know 
I Am the Walrus 
Hello Goodbye 
Strawberry Fields Forever
Penny Lane
Baby You're a Rich Man
All You Need is Love

Below I have both my Youtube play list for both the entire movie of the Magical Mystery Tour, and for the videos of all 11 songs on the album. Enjoy!

The Magical Mystery Tour Movie 

The Magical Mystery Tour album. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas with the Beatles!

Two of my favorite things in the world are Christmas and the Beatles! When the Beatles were together, they issued a Christmas record every year for their fan club. John Lennon and Paul McCartney both released Christmas singles that are now classic staples on radio. And of course, Ringo Starr released a wonderful Christmas CD a few years ago.

Below I have Christmas videos by the Beatles, John Lennon & Yoko Ono & the Plastic Ono Band, Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney & Wings, and Ringo Starr. Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!

Christmas Time is Here Again!  by the Beatles 

Happy Xmas (War is Over!) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with the Plastic Ono Band 

Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul & Linda McCartney and Wings 

Winter Wonderland by Ringo Starr 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Pope Benedict Peace Message Calls For Wealth Redistribution - from the Huffington Post

The pope on World Peace Day, December 16th, called for a "redistribution of wealth." Well of course, that fits Biblical teaching. The Catholic righties of course will dismiss the pontiff's call, attributing his mere "prudential judgment," or perhaps, in the case of extreme traditionalists, even accusing him of heresy. They are more Catholic than the pope, of course.

from the article:
The message laments that "some currents of modern culture, built upon rationalist and individualist economic principles, have cut off the concept of justice from its transcendent roots, detaching it from charity and solidarity."

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Meeting

I approach the rail, to kneel and receive
Thy most precious body and blood.

I kneel besides others at the rail
as I wait for the priest to approach me

I carry with me all the sorrows and burdens
of the week
I carry with me all the heart ache
and loss

my head bowed, my right palm resting on my left
the priest places the sacred host on my hand.
“the body of Christ, the bread of heaven...”
I raise my palm to my mouth
I consume the host

the deacon comes by with the chalice
“the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation”
I draw the chalice to my lips, and drink the sacred blood.

I cross myself and rise up
tears flood my eyes
I encounter the invisible Christ
he stands by the rail
he looks at me

“I know you are frail; I know what you suffer
I have been there before
I know how hard things are
I am with you
I am here”

I walk back to my seat
I kneel in the pew
his hand on my shoulder
“I have been there I know your hardship”

I have this meeting with Christ
every week
I meet him at the rail every week
He is there
He knows
He walks with me
all the time
I just sometimes forget
till I kneel at the rail

copyright © 2011 Lance Goldsberry

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Holy Rosary- Bedrock

I have felt sometimes recently that God has abandoned me, or at least, that God cannot do too much about our lives. I was very depressed this morning and did not feel like praying. So I prayed the Rosary on the bus to work.

Some Christians do not understand traditional prayers, they think they are "vain repetitions." They do not understand that they are life preservers when one is drowning.

When I got down town, I sat at a table in a public lounge area and read the Bible readings from the Daily Office.

When I do not feel like praying, the Holy Rosary is bedrock.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Paul Krugman: Newt Gingrich is a stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like

Here is video from the Raw Story of the Paul Krugman zinger from a couple of weeks ago. Krugman says, " Newt Gingrich is a stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like," and Republican ideology "is an ideology that only fools and clowns can believe in."

Newt Gingrich is a stupid person's idea of what a smart person sounds like

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jesus would be with St Paul's protesters this Christmas, says Archbishop of Canterbury- from the Daily Mail UK

from the Article:

Jesus would spend Christmas with the St Paul’s Cathedral protesters, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.

Dr Williams said in his article: ‘One of the slogans on the posters and banners in front of St Paul’s Cathedral has been “What would Jesus do?”

He added that when Jesus said ‘give Caesar what belongs to Caesar’, he meant to ask ‘what’s the exact point at which involvement in the empire of capitalist economy compromises you fatally?’

The Archbishop said the challenge of Christ’s life and death was: ‘What if all your standards of success and failure are upside down?’

Dr Williams said that ‘the Jesus we meet in the Bible is somebody who constantly asks awkward questions (especially questions addressed to religious people, moral people and rich people – all the sorts of people involved at St Paul’s) rather than just giving us a model of good behaviour.’

Read more:
Jesus would be with St Paul's protesters this Christmas, says Archbishop of Canterbury

Thursday, December 1, 2011

See Me, Feel Me: Remembering Ken Russell, 1927-2011 - from Religion Dispatches

Eric Clapton and the Who in Tommy

from the essay:
Russell is continually, even post-mortem, called “provocative,” “controversial,” and “iconoclastic.” And at least a few of these obits have noted his conversion to Roman Catholicism all those years ago, though he was never quite settled in his faith. Certainly there was religious content in his films—the nuns and priests in a sexual standoff in The Devils (1971), Anthony Perkins’ creepy street preacher in Crimes of Passion (1984)—but it was the human experience that Russell so strangely charted that leaves me thinking of his “religious” nature. He portrayed the depths of human depravity and desire, of lust and liking.

you may read the entire essay here:
See Me, Feel Me: Remembering Ken Russell, 1927-2011