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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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Yes, I know — I took way too long.

I did have a (very) rough draft written, which I soon found was no good.

I basically went with a premise similar to that of Ross Douthat — namely, that the way G.O.T. ended constitutes a missed opportunity.

Rather than using the fantasy genre as a way of appropriately unnerving people and casting a gleam of wonder on their perception of the world, it errs on the side of “getting it over with” so as to get back to what seems overly dominating of people’s interests and concerns: Politics.

On second examination I came to question that a little bit. (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 remember some buzz being generated a few years ago about the amount of action in Game of Thrones that could be traced back to Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aiden Gillen).  Were I pressed to venture a guess, I would probably put that amount at about 95%.

Two or three of Littlefinger’s actions in Season One produced major domino effects, but even more (more…)

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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 (more…)

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Into the Dance

Holy Family

Some of you may remember my post on the Advent Season, which I described as a season of hope and expectation, a couple weeks ago.

Well, now the wait is over.

Today, we celebrate the Daybreak.  The “Dawn from on High,” the eternal Beloved, the Light of lights, has come into the darkness of the world, born into poverty and cradled among animals within the earth.

The One Who rested on the seventh day has come to hallow creation with His holy Presence.  He has taken the fullness of our human nature and made it His own.

Indeed, the Incarnation was the greatest event in human history.  In fact, it completely and unalterably changed the course of history.  God is with us (“Emmanuel”).  He became a human being so that we could see him, speak with him, hear him, touch him…and, ultimately, taste him in the Eucharist.

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Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.

Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

(Zechariah 2: 14, 17)

Acknowledgement

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Bible Text: New American Bible; http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121217.cfm

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