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Random Star Wars Thoughts: Balance of the Force

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The Star Wars universe is vast. The official continuity includes 10 films (and counting), 4 television series that have either aired or are in development, and a host of books and comic books. There are all kinds of topics of discussion, whether it be the nature of the Force, the political machinations of the various factions, the motivations of characters, and all the different monsters, aliens, weapons, and ships in that galaxy far, far away. From time to time I'd like to take a look at just one aspect of the Star Wars universe, and offer my take. Welcome to Random Star Wars Thoughts.

The Prophecy of the Chosen One
The Phantom Menace introduced us to a new way of looking at the Force. The Jedi Council referred to a prophecy of a Chosen One who would bring balance to the Force. Up until that point, we knew that there was a Dark Side and a Light Side of the Force, but we had never heard anything about a balance. There are all kinds of questions about this prophecy. What is the actu…

Guest Contributer Sara Bailey: The Two Steps to Sleeping Well After Losing Someone

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Loss of sleep after losing a loved one is a sadly common phenomenon. According to What’s Your Grief, there can be various reasons for this, from intrusive thoughts of survivor’s guilt to nightmares (and the fear of having them) and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
It may not feel like the most important thing in your life at the moment, but getting enough high-quality sleep should be a focus. Lack of sleep will make you feel tired and worsen the negative emotions you are feeling, but it can also have more serious long-term consequences.

In order to get back into a healthy sleeping pattern, you will need to consider the issues present in your internal and external environment that may be keeping you awake,


The Internal Environment

First, you need to address the internal causes for your lack of sleep, whether they be mental or physical. In other words, you need to take proactive steps to wind your mind and body down in the hours before bed. While you can’t forget the s…

Geeky Catholic Questions: Jesus's Y Chromosome

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Every once in a while, I'll hear something in a homily or on Catholic radio that sparks a question. As I'm not an authority on Catholic theology, but I'd like to explore these topics a bit, so I've created the series "Geeky Catholic Questions." Today's question: Where did Jesus get his Y chromosome?

Finding Truth in a Spectacle: A Look at The Greatest Showman

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Back in December of 2017, The Greatest Showman was released in theaters. At the time, I paid very little attention to it (because I was busy watching, rewatching, and digesting Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Fast forward six months to June of 2018, when I finally had the chance to see it. And it blew me away. I’ve been thinking about it ever since, and listening to the soundtrack over and over again. It got me wondering - what was it about this movie that grabbed me? How was it able to deliver such a sense of joy?

A Lesson in Sanctity from Sauron

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If you're even remotely familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, you know that Sauron is the bad guy. He's basically evil personified. So what could we possibly learn about holiness from him? "Just do the opposite of what Sauron does, and you'll be a saint?" Well, that's not exactly what I'm talking about.

Buckle Up, Baby: A Review of Solo

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I don't know if you heard, but another Star Wars movie came out last weekend. "Didn't they just do one back in December?" Yes. "Do we get to find out what happens to Rey in this one?" No. "Should I just skip this one?" No, go see it.

WARNING - FULL SPOILERS FOR SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY AHEAD. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

If you have seen it, keep reading. If not, go see it, then meet me back here.

Let's Talk About Infinity War

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This post will contain full spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. Go see it, then check back here. I have a crazy theory you'll want to read after you've seen it. (I'll post this again on my Facebook page in a few weeks, so you can always follow me there.) You have been warned...