The Prophet of Scripture and the Wizard of Fantasy: Part I: Archetypes and Myths

Archetypes In her book, Awakening the Heroes Within, Carol S. Pearson discusses twelve archetypes. According to psychologist Carl Jung, an archetype is a symbol or motif that is repeatedly represented in mythology, art and literature. In all forms of storytelling we see universal characters and situations that are unrelated, yet they share many of the ...

Planetary Peregrinations: CS Lewis’ Space Trilogy: Out of Silent Planet

Growing up I had those glow-in-the-dark planet decals attached to the ceiling of my bedroom. Space exploration and the study of astronomy always fascinated me and still grips my attention. As a kid, I even made sure my planet decals were proportionately spaced from the sun [the light in the center of my bedroom ceiling] ...

Why St Paul Would Have Kept His Netflix Subscription

If you decided to cancel your Netflix subscription because of their comments about abortion laws, good for you for taking a stand. But now you don’t have access to some of the most watched media content in the world. In the spirit of John 15:19 you may be thinking, “Good, because I am in the ...

Finnian and the Seven Mountains #2: The Great Adventure Continues

In my post about Issue #1 of Finnian and the Seven Mountains, I talked about how important it is for Catholics to engage the culture through storytelling. It is through Catholic (universal and human) themes, that we can communicate with our neighbors and participate in our communities in interesting and creative ways. Mr. Kosloski continues ...

The Virgin Mary in the Netflix Film “I Am Mother”

Spoilers ahead! I Am Mother is a Netflix original sci-fi thriller that takes place after an extinction event wipes out most of humanity. Mother, an advanced artificial intelligence robot, raises Daughter who is born one of 63,000 human embryos stored in an underground facility built to restart the human race.  I am not sure how ...

Are you ready to follow Jesus? Good. Now burn your bridges, sink your ships and smash your computers.

You have probably heard the saying "Don't burn your bridges." This small snippet of wisdom is meant to teach us to keep all of our options open in case we need to retreat back to a place of safety. For example we may want to return to an old career after a new career doesn't ...

Hearing God’s Voice in the Silence

When I was laid off in 2009 it was devastating. My ego was severely bruised. I went from making a six-figure income at a prestigious law firm to zero in the blink of an eye. I worried about how my wife and I were going to raise two children and pay our mortgage. The next ...

How you are called to be a merciful soldier

Pope Francis is a controversial figure even, or perhaps especially, among Catholics. I have read about how the Holy Father is the right pope for the times because of his focus on mercy and love. That may be true, but I think many of us are missing something else God is trying to tell us ...

Why superhero movies touch our soul

This past weekend the Marvel Avengers: Endgame movie came out in theaters. It shattered all previous opening weekend records making over $1.2 billion worldwide. Endgame is the final film closing out an epic consisting of more than 20 movies that have been made over the last 10 years covering the stories of various characters, beginning ...

Why is the Chrism Mass so important?

This week, and during Holy Week every year, the Chrism Mass will be celebrated in cathedrals in dioceses all over the world. The Chrism Mass is a public celebration and display of the unity of the bishop to the priests of his diocese and the entire Church community as Members of the Body of Christ ...

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