Month: January 2020

How Saint Antony and Bruce Wayne responded to fear

In the movie Batman Begins, young Bruce Wayne falls into a well at Wayne Manor while playing with his friend Rachel Dawes. He fractures his leg and is terrified when a swarm of bats attack him from out of the darkness of the surrounding caves.  After Bruce’s father, Thomas Wayne, rescues Bruce from the well, ...

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 ...