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So Game of Thrones is over.

As a cultural phenomenon it will, I’m sure, endure indefinitely.  But the world no longer watches as the story unfolds.

I must confess my chagrin, as a devout Catholic, over an apparent dearth in Catholic voices conversant with G.O.T.  Most of what little Continue Reading »

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I must confess to not being well versed in George Tillman, Jr.’s filmography.  Up until just a couple weeks ago I had seen only one of his films, and I remember being, at best, mildly impressed.

The Hate U Give, Tillman’s adaptation of Angie Thomas’ 2017 Young Adult novel, has managed to generate some decent buzz — even if, like many worthy films, it enjoyed little or no presence at the awards ceremonies.

The film appears, at first glance, to follow two parallel story lines linked only Continue Reading »

On Being Sick

Well I’m recovering from a brief illness that put me more or less out of commission during the past week.

Lest you think I’m going for the uber-dramatic, let me come right out and say that I had the common cold. A pain, but hardly the plague.

Okay — so this gave me the opportunity to organize some “thoughts worth thinking about” with regard to sickness. One or two of these (and not the best ones) came from me, others from surer sources of wisdom.

For what it’s worth, here goes: Continue Reading »

Lent came a little later this year, but here it is.  Today, with ashes distributed to remind us of our mortality, we begin our 40-day journey to Easter.

All negative connotations notwithstanding, Lent has an essentially life-giving function.  During these forty days, we take the time to examine our spiritual health and to step away from things that may be keeping us from opening ourselves up to God, to the life He wants to give us.

That’s one of the great mysteries of our faith: God, who is all-powerful and needs nothing outside of Himself, nevertheless loves us and yearns for our friendship.

This being the case, it may be helpful to listen to the following Queen classic, and imagine the words being addressed by God to each one of us.

Happy Ash Wednesday!

For parts two and three, click here

About time, huh?

All right — let’s see if we can wrap this up.

The temptation to equate the Yeti worldview — with it’s rule-based society, time-honored traditions, Continue Reading »

For part one, click here

Here’s where I left you:

Ok — so it appears that the Yeti worldview is fear-based, and has the effect of making the world smaller.

Before we consider any comparison between this and the Judeo-Christian “thing,” we should keep in mind that the film sets the Stonekeeper’s doctrine against a parallel (though less explored) worldview — namely, that of contemporary Western society.

I would argue that the two bear greater similarity to each other than does either to the Judeo-Christian worldview.

This is important, because there is a temptation to make the modern perspective the standard against which the “small world” of the Yetis is measured.  But if we do this, we are acting out of step with the film itself — Continue Reading »

[NOTE: Some spoilers follow.]

So look up at the sky in any kind of weather, and imagine you are looking at the hind quarters of the great Sky Yak out of whose butt your remotest ancestors fell.

That’s what’s up above.  Below, the base of your home rests upon Continue Reading »