Mary, Seat of Wisdom and Queen of Heroes

Avengers: End Game spoilers ahead! In Avengers: Endgame Thor is a physical and emotional mess. He has turned to abusing food, alcohol and video games to cope with the overwhelming anguish he feels after Thanos kills half of the people in the universe, including many of his friends. Notwithstanding his weak state, Thor travels with ...

Planetary Peregrinations II: CS Lewis’ Space Trilogy: Perelandra

Last time we looked at the first novel in C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet. Today I want to provide my thoughts and analysis of his second installment of his Space Trilogy: Perelandra. Like the diversity of the planets of our solar system, so too does Lewis paint another vivid portrayal of Dr. Ransom’s ...

Why the world needs Catholic artists

No honest person would disagree that most popular culture lacks a Catholic perspective, and some of it, like Netflix’s recent “Christmas movie,” is even directly hostile toward Christianity. This movie, produced by a Brazilian studio, portrays Jesus Christ as a homosexual, the Apostles as drunks, and insults the Virgin Mary in ways I won’t write ...

Baptism, Redemption, Sacrifice and Resurrection in “The Rise of Skywalker”

Star Wars spoilers ahead! The Rise of Skywalker contains several Christian themes. Here are a few. Baptism and Redemption Water is one of the four signs of baptism (CCC 1238). “Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purification, but also regeneration and renewal. Thus the two principal effects are purification from sins and new ...

Why “The Rise of Skywalker” may tell us something deeper about our culture

Here’s why I am worried about the final film in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, which is set to hit theaters on December 20th.  First, JJ Abrams, the writer and director of the film, is known to have a hard time ending a story well. As you may recall, he co-created and ...

Who is the Catholic Deacon?

What does the word “deacon” mean? The Catholic deacon is not very well understood. Perhaps it is because the Greek word for deacon, diakonos, was used in so many different ways when the New Testament was written. The meaning of the Greek word includes attendant, waiter, teacher, pastor, minister or servant (Strong’s Concordance).  “In [Acts] ...

Should Christians Avoid Video Games?

The video game industry generated a record $43.4 billion in worldwide revenue in 2018. That was an 18% increase over the previous year. For comparison, in 2018 global box office revenues were $41.7 billion and revenues for streaming video services were around $28.8 billion. Video gaming has come a long way since Pac-Man and with ...

Covenants With God in the Pentateuch

I. The Pentateuch's Central Theme The first five books of the Roman Catholic Canon of Sacred Scripture are collectively called the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch includes the Old Testament books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The word “Pentateuch” comes from the Greek words pente meaning five and teuchos meaning rolls or scrolls. Jews refer ...

Words Matter: Two Little Known Sins That Can Kill

Words are powerful, but some of us seem too caught up in the noise of social media, blogs, podcasts and streaming video to pay attention to the effect our words actually have on the world. This is especially true for what I will call “influencers” for the purpose of this article. By influencers I mean ...

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 ...

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