Over a year in the works, our team is proud to present “Invasion of the Light”, a music video featuring Fr. Pontifex. The presence of the Eucharist within the video emphasizes the strong contrast between authentic beauty from Jesus and the desolation of modern culture. The light found in the wasteland shows there is hope, even in the most grim of area or circumstances. “Invasion of the Light” is the first single from Fr. Pontifex’s album, Letters from the Wasteland.
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“Ocean” is the lead single off Fr. Pontifex’s body of work The Invincibles. “Safer in your waters than these shores is what you promise,” one of the lines from the piece encapsulates the intended takeaway by the listener. God may call us to the deep waters, to the unknown, and to a place that is not comfortable, but with that he promises his presence and grace. He walks with us and directs our steps.
“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807), performed here by talented artist Madeleine Puschautz. Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life’s path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by his recalcitrant insubordination. He was pressed (conscripted) into service in the Royal Navy, and after leaving the service, he became involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, so severely that he called out to God for mercy, a moment that marked his spiritual conversion. He continued his slave trading career until 1754 or 1755, when he ended his seafaring altogether and began studying Christian theology.
Friar Gabriel skated for seven years as a teenager, with his focus gravitating towards one of a religious vocation as he matured. His passion for skateboarding waned with his surety to live a life of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience as a Friar of the Immaculate. After securing the title of Friar, with much time passing since he last interacted with a skateboard, he was given obedience to visit a local skate park once a week, with the intent to “preach the gospel at all times,” as Saint Francis once stated. In Salve Regina, Friar Gabriel explains that God utilizes peoples’ talents to give Him glory, and how skateboarding has given a platform to the idea of exercising the body as well as the soul.