Sunday, July 13, 2014

Peace Pole Awesome



I took a risk and left Texas for a week. "Why, LSP, did you do that?" Because I had to go to a conference just outside of St. Louis, at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, in Belleville, Illinois. It was a good event and focused, primarily, on prayer.

Peace Pole

The present Shrine was built in  the late 1960s, I think, and features a "Peace Pole." Maybe you think that Peace Poles are harmless.

Harmless?

Think again.

LSP

21 comments:

jenny said...

I was at Cedarbrake (a Catholic retreat center) today and walked the labyrinth. At some point it crossed my mind that you might be appalled! :) But this adds perspective. Harmless peace poles, harmless labyrinths...

Anonymous said...

Remember the film "Labyrinth" with David Bowie? Need we say more.

LL said...

Minotar in the labyrinth?

Golden Calf?

Peace Pole?

LSP said...

Peace poles? Appalled.

LSP said...

Slay that calf.

LSP said...

David Bowie? Is there life on Mars? As in, "Where's the Archbishop of Canterbury's head at?"

jenny said...

good grief. it's a winding path of crushed granite!

shall I check under my bed for monsters, too? historically, that's where they abide... How can I possibly sleep in peace knowing that?

LSP said...

Sleep doesn't always come easy.

Jack Lusted said...

he tore down the altars and the Asherah poles and crushed the idols to powder and cut to pieces all the incense altars throughout Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem

The time for chain saws?

Anonymous said...

Peace Poles why not Wickermen? Today the Church of England will officially become Pagan. The Islamic Fundamentalists will see this as an act of divine intervention, apart from the hand of God what else could explain the Anglican Church in England's desire to publically commit suicide?

LSP said...

Fire up the chainsaws, jack!

LSP said...

Good call, Anonymous.

Euripides said...

Peace poles too Buddhist for my tastes. Prayers don't reach heaven by carving them into a stick of wood.

Brighid said...

Let them take their peace poles to the middle east and see how that works...

LSP said...

You know what they say, "If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill it."

LSP said...

Brighid, I was thinking the very same thing...

LL said...

I like the idea of wickermen and peace poles in front of ever C of E. At the same time, the cross has to go because if you are going to pagan, there is no need of a reference to Christ. It would send a strong signal of the change of direction and might improve attendance if people knew that there were copious amounts of wine, togas and naked dance troupes circulating through the archdiocese.

LL said...

The new theme of the Arch Bishop of Canterbury should be "Toss the Cross"!!!

I'm sure that people would feel far more welcomed in the building if they knew that there were no more annoying and inconvenient rules of conduct.

LL said...

Religious institutions perpetuate a mortal master-servant relationship by creating an arena that attracts prideful human power seekers with all of their near sighted prejudices.

Because of "infallibility" of God's vicar on Earth, it's more intense and insidious than governments are usually able to muster.

I am a man of faith but I'm also a man who mistrusts the motivations of mortal men.

LL said...

There is a subtle difference between being a servant unto God and a servant unto his servants.

LSP said...

Like the new Justin "Dobby" Welby slogan -- has a certain ring to it.