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When assaulted by any vice, we must embrace the practice of the contrary virtue, and refer all the others to it, by which means we shall overcome our enemy, and at the same time advance in all the virtues. (. . .) For as the wild boar, to sharpen his tusks, whets and polishes them with his other teeth, and by this means sharpens all at the same time, so a virtuous man, having undertaken to perfect himself in the virtue of which he stands most in need for his defence, files and polishes it by the exercise of the other virtues, which whilst they help to sharpen that one, make all of them become more excellent and better polished.

– St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Acknowledgement

By Francisco Bayeu y Subías – [3], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50771068

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NOTE: Video embedded for aesthetic purposes only

If you didn’t read part one, that’s fine — so long as you keep the following in mind:

I believe that what we see in [Game of Thrones] (…) is a sort of quasi “first principle” on which much else is made to rest.

Broadly, this is the movement — construed as progress — from the sacred to the secular, from religion to reason, from other-worldly to this-worldly concerns.

Let’s take a look at G.O.T.’s exact trajectory vis-a-vis religion, history, and the secular.

First, we have the Long Night. (more…)

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Okay — so in part one we made a comparison between Game of Thrones‘ Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish and the wife from the Brothers Grimm’s “The Fisherman and His Wife.”

Whichever character you’re looking at, the trajectory is essentially the same. (more…)

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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 (more…)

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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!

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Not an easy time to be Catholic right now.

Then again, when was it ever? (And if you answer with “the Middle Ages,” I will be happy to point out, among other things: 1) the Albigensian spiritual of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries; 2) the encroachment of secular nobility on Church prerogatives; and 3) the ecclesial corruption satirized in the General Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.)

I still remember when the first wave of priestly sex abuse/coverup hit the news back in 2002.  At the time I was 17 years old (more…)

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Well, it’s September.

For many of us, it’s back-to-school season.  I am sure of there being more than one teacher — and perhaps an especially astute student or so as well — who can perceive a sort of sick humor in the situation of Labor Day at the beginning of the month.

It’s as if the Genius of the Calendar, not content with (more…)

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