Category Archive: Essays

Where Your Treasure Lies: A Spiritual Reflection on an Election Year

“Store up your treasures in Heaven, for where your treasure lies, there also lies your heart, and no vote can ever take that away.”

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Sunday School and Narnia: Hell as a Separation from God

“Essentially, Hell is separation from God. It’s all of the bad and none of the good…just like how the White Witch turned Narnia into ‘always winter and never Christmas’.”

The Sun Danced and Took a Bow for the Queen of the Universe: Rekindling Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima

“I attended Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Grammar School for nine of my formative years, and have had a special devotion to that apparition since boyhood…”

Cycles of Magic: A Fantasy and Science Fiction Media Montage

“I read LOTR first, and what leapt out to me was how vibrant and real this world was that Tolkien had created. He spun tales of elves, men, women, and hobbits, weaving it all into a backdrop that felt ancient with whispers of an age long gone…”

Solo Flight: Finding Inspiration in the Airport

“It can be hard to see outside of ourselves, especially in world that is constantly telling us to do the opposite, but maybe sometimes all we need is a reminder…”

The Many Faces and Phases of St. Francis of Assisi: From Soldier, to Beggar, to Troubadour, to Saint

“But as his faith and fate converged and intervened like the inseparable ivy vines that cling and climb upwardly, attaching themselves to a towering tree or a castle’s tall, fortified walls, he was inspired to veer off his former course and peruse a heavenly path…”

Pax et Bonum: A Movie Review of “Francis of Assisi”

“While many of Assisi’s prominent citizens dismiss him as a lunatic, he begins to draw a following among those who seek to live the rule of total poverty in the spirit and service of Christ.”

Star Trek: Why the Franchise – and Mr. Spock – Matter

“Star Trek as a whole promoted techno-optimism…but Spock in particular helped make being a scientist…cool for countless Americans…”