Sunday, January 01, 2006

Worst angel images

I was going to find a jpeg of angels for the post below, about Christmas carols, but I didn't find any good ones, only Pweshus Moments images that make me reach quickly for the trash can so I can (urp!) -- um, excuse me...

Ok, feeling better now (wiping my chin)...

I thought of a funny webpage I linked last month -- and sure enough, it has a "cavalcade" of bad angel images. Be sure to check out the archives at the bottom of the page . . .

(Bonus: check this out, courtesy of Going Jesus.)

13 comments:

Rich Leonardi said...

I think the "worst" angel story is "The Littlest Angel," which seems to work its way into every Catholic home thanks to baptisms and birthday parties. It tells the story of a little boy who dies and goes to heaven to "become" an angel. Angels, of course, are distinct persons from human beings; we don't become them anymore than they become us.

Mark Anthony said...
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Mark Anthony said...

I agree with Rich (really!) I always hated that story, but I think I can do him one better: Michael Landon in "Highway to Heaven". Actually, I think he was supposed to be a dead human too.

Favorite angel image: Gandalf the White

Most interesting angel image: Alan Rickman in "Dogma".Yeah, I know, a wee bit heterodox, but he is a terrific actor who captures perfectly the exasperation that the angelic hosts must feel toward humanity most of the time.

Anna said...

Being the contrarian that I am, I like "The Littlest Angel".

I know that it isn't theologically correct, but the idea of small earthly things being the greatest gift for God becoming man, just makes me almost tear up.

As far as favorite angel images, I saw a very interesting one, with both Gabriel and Mary as Japanese. Gabriel seemed a most proper gentleman

Rich Leonardi said...

... but the idea of small earthly things being the greatest gift for God becoming man, just makes me almost tear up.

True, that.

Tim L said...

Rich,
You are right angels are distinct from from human beings but they have appeared as human persons or at least described as such in Sacred scripture and in apparitions ie. Fatima. So though they don't become us they seem to have taken on a somewhat human appereance at times to become visible to humans.

Mark you better be careful. Agreeing with Rich and describing the movie, Dogma as being "a wee bit heterodox" might cost you your "progressive" card. My 2006 prediction/hope; by years end you'll be using back issues of Commonweal and America as kindling and borrowing my Ratzinger Fan Club beer stein.

Speaking of beer I just finished a Great Lakes Brewing Co. porter. I cracked it open when I found out twelve of the WV miners are alive. Guardian angels?

Mark Anthony said...

Progressive? Bite your tongue, sir. "Progressive" suggests moving from the insufficient to the more sufficient, which I do not perceive as the path of the Church. True, I tend to view change as an inherently good thing, and do not look at it with suspicion. I believe the Church should take its cue from Creation -- the more wats, the merrrier. God did not give us only one kind of bird, but a dizzingly diverse collection. So, too, why must unity be reduced to uniformity? As St. Augustine wrote, "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity."

Anyway, might it not be that Rich is drifting left, instead of me drifting right? :)

Tim L said...

Early this morning at 1:30 on this thread I said I was toasting the rescue of twelve live miners. I came back from UD looking forward to Mark's response to my '06 prediction and now the same news networks (FOX, CNN, MSNBC) that reported twelve survivors are now reporting only one.

They showed families rejoicing with the news. I can't imagine the devastation they now feel.

Mark Anthony said...

Tim:

I did not realize the terrible news either when I responded to you. The emotional whiplash is unimaginable.

Oh, by the way, if the beer is good, I'll drink it out of anything, even a Ratzinger Fan Club stein. (Does it look like him??)

Tim L said...

Mark,

"in all things charity" is why I used the term "progressive" instead "liberal". I had heard that quote many times but you are the one who told me it was St. Augustine's a few years ago. Shortly thereafter I picked up a copy of his Confessions and it is one of my most read books. Thanks.

"if the beer is good"
Come on now Mark, of course the beer is good (unless spoiled). All brands and styles are good. Some may just be prefered over others but there is no such thing as bad beer. God did not give us just one type of beer, but a dizzingly diverse collection. The more hops the merrier. I invite all to an inclusive, open, welcoming, non judgemental but affirming community of beer lovers.

ukok said...

'Angel pushing children' images -now that was amusing!

God Bless.

Mark Anthony said...

Oh, so you are THAT Tim. I wondered...

Certainly, the only bad beer is one left undrunk.

As to "angels pushing children", that was perversely funny. So was the WTFWJD tee-shirt, but I'm too old to wear it anywhere, and my immortal soul is in enough trouble as it is.....

Sonya Talton said...

There are only giant powerful angels like Michael, Gabriel and Rafael. Those I like. The little heads with wings and no bodies have given me the creeps since I was two.