Category: Entertainment

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Desert Experiences of a Jedi Knight and an Apostle of God

You may have never heard of the “Hero’s Journey” or “Monomyth” before, but if you have ever read a book or watched a movie, then you have encountered it! The “Hero’s Journey” or “Monomyth” is a story pattern discovered by Joseph Campbell. His most famous book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, has influenced many ...

Gotham, Metropolis and the City set on a Hill

Is the Church like Gotham City, diseased and dysfunctional and in need of purification from within, or is the Church like Metropolis, virtuous and whole and in need of protection from outside threats? Does Christ raise different saints within the Church at different times and if so what can we learn about the talents and ...

Gandalf’s Baptism in the Bowels of Moria

One of the greatest scenes in The Lord of the Rings is Gandalf’s battle with the Balrog. Whenever I watch it or read it, I cannot help but think of the Fellowship’s “plunge” into the darkness of Moria and return to daylight as a sort of baptism for the entire group, especially Gandalf the Grey. ...

Finnan and the Seven Mountains: A Catholic Story for the New Evangelization

I once read a book that said whoever tells and lives the best stories will rule the future. That book did not take into account Divine Providence and God's Grace, but the statement bears truth nevertheless. Media (TV, Internet, movies, books, etc.) is dominated by the secular world, but people are looking for more than ...