Thursday, April 10, 2008

New Work: "Closer To God"

As a young Catholic boy, my first lessons in religion were that God was about love and compassion and being a good person. By adolescence I discovered that just because I was gay, the Church would never see me as a good person, would deny me of love, and would show me no compassion. To me this wasn't what God was about. I learned then God and religion are two different things. It’s not following rules written and preached by men, it’s simply having love, compassion and being a good person that puts you Closer to God.

The original of Closer to God as well as 3 different print sizes (including full size Gallery prints and signed and numbered limited editions) are available. Visit my website for purchasing and more details. During the 'Day of Issue Sale' they are 20% off, that's $500 off the original. This special offer ends around midnight Midnight (EST) April 11th, 2008. Framing is also available.

The issue of growing up Catholic and being gay, turning away from a religion who's leaders pass judgment and preach being gay as immoral despite a Lord that says "Love one another", is one that I've wanted to deal with in one of my works for years, but never quite knew how to capture that. I found new focus & motivation for the piece because Pope Benedict's recent praise of states that passed marriage discrimination laws and his upcoming visit to the US this month. I figured if he is coming here then I am going there (at least with my artwork). I chose St. Peter's Basilica as the setting for my couple to show that gender is inconsequential for souls who find love.


Anonymous said...

This one would be a perfect cover for the coming next book by Bobby Michaels about a catholic priest who falls in love with another man.

Apart the memories of the book it brings me, as always it is gorgeous.


Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful piece of art, and I love your personal view of God. It closely aligns with mine and is one reason why I feel uncomfortable with organized religion. Thank you for sharing!

Michael Breyette said...

Hey e-r and l-a, thanks for kind words. It's been a piece I've wanted to do for a while though it took time to manifest. As I began working on it I was really curious how it would be received. So, thank you again.

Mychals Prayer said...

The Pope will be greeted by protestors when he visits Ground Zero, where the first official casualty of the 9/11 attacks was Father Mychal Judge, the openly gay FDNY chaplain known as “the Saint of 9/11”.

Mychal, whom many considered a living saint even prior to his heroic death, often asked, “Is there so much love in the world that we can afford to discriminate against any kind of love ?!”

We have no illusions that this pope is going to change. Rather, we are bearing witness to two truths -- that God created and loves gay people, and that the pope does not speak for the whole Church, the Ecclesia, all the people of God.

These truths are being increasingly embraced by Catholics in-the-pews. Fully two-thirds of U.S. Catholics reject the pope’s homophobic views and support either civil unions or full marriage rights, according to numerous surveys.

Like Fr. Mychal also said, "Don't let the (institutional) church get in the way of your relationship with God."

Sh@ney said...

Beautiful Michael...Once again you have shown brilliance in your creativity. I would expect nothing less though....

Hope you are your partner are well & all is wonderful...big hugs