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Geeky Catholic Advent: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47

Highlight: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

Reflection: We do our best to plan out everything in our lives. We try to anticipate every outcome, and prepare for it. But there are two problems with this: 1) we can't anticipate everything, and 2) we have to accept that God's plans might be different than our plans. So we should always ask God what his will is for us, and try to live that out.

Geeky Quote: "Mesa your humble servant." - Jar Jar Binks, The Phantom Menace
Prayer: God, what is Your will for me? Am I living the life You want for me? Show me Your will, and help me to conform my will to Yours. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:12-14

Highlight: "It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost."

Reflection: How wonderful it is that you have a God who - if you stray - will abandon the ninety-nine to come get you. That's how important you are to Him. That's how powerful His love is for you.

Geeky Quote: "What is, and always will be, my greatest creation... is you." - Howard Stark, Iron Man 2

Prayer: Your love for me is amazing, Lord. It's not just that you want the salvation of humanity in general, but you want me, specifically, to share an eternity of happiness with you. Help me to accept and respond to that love. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Monday of the Second Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-26

Highlight: "He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God."

Reflection: It can be easy to turn to God when we need something, or to be angry with Him when tragedy strikes. But how often do we give Him glory for all the wonderful things He has done in our lives?

Geeky Quote: "Did you see that? DID YOU SEE THAT!?!?" - Finn, The Force Awakens

Prayer: God, thank you for this amazing universe you have for created, and thank you for all the blessings you have given me. Glory to you! Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: The Second Sunday of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 3:1-6

Highlight: "John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins."

Reflection: John had a message for the world, and he did everything in his power to share it with as many people as possible. He was preparing them for the coming of Christ. Now that Christ has come, we have good news: we can receive salvation and the forgiveness of our sins. Do we really believe that? If so, what are we doing to share that message with others?

Geeky Quote: "Pass on what you have learned." - Yoda, Return of the Jedi

Prayer: Jesus, help me to share your Gospel with everyone I meet. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-28

Highlight: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God."

Reflection: There are a lot of things to be afraid of today. There's fear of terrorism, fear of persecution, fear of losing our rights, fear of humiliation, and a whole host of other fears. But to a person who is right with God, those fears can be dispelled. God will take care of those who love Him. If we accept Jesus and live the way He tells us to live, then no physical threat will be able to keep us from eternal happiness in heaven.

Geeky Quote: "The Force is with me, and I fear nothing. For all is as the Force wills it." - Chirrut Imwe, Rogue One

Prayer: Lord, cast out all the fear in my life. I know that you will protect me. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Friday of the First Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:27-31

Highlight: "'Do you believe that I can do this?' 'Yes, Lord,' the said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, 'Let it be done for you according to your faith.'"

Reflection: God requires that we place our trust in him. If we rely only on ourselves and the things we can see, we will be disappointed. The more completely we trust in God, the more we will see Him working in our lives.

Geeky Quote: "I don't believe it!" "That is why you fail." - Luke and Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to let go of my fears and anxieties, so that I may trust completely in your providence. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Thursday of the First Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Highlight: "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock."

Reflection: It's not enough to just listen to the Word of God. We have to act on it as well. Ask yourself, "What is something specific that I can do to act on God's Word today?"

Geeky Quote: "When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I build it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. And that one sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up." - King of Swamp Castle, Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Prayer: Lord, give me the wisdom to hear Your Word, and the courage to act upon it. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Wednesday of the First Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:29-37

Highlight: "[Jesus] took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied."

Reflection: Where do we turn for satisfaction? Money? Technology? The approval of our friends? None of those things are lasting. The fact that Jesus was able to multiply the loaves and the fish shows us that his power to satisfy us is greater than anything we can find in this life. Only in Him will we be satisfied. This doesn't mean we should reject all earthly things, but we have to make sure they aren't coming between us and God.

Geeky Quote: "Stick with me, and you'll never go hungry again!" - Scar, The Lion King [NOTE: In this example Scar represents earthly things, and is in no way a Christ figure!]

Prayer: Jesus, only you can satisfy me. Remove from my soul all unhealthy attachments to earthly things, and prepare me to enter into fu…

Geeky Catholic Advent: Tuesday of the First Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:21-24

Highlight: "Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike."

Reflection: It is no bad thing to want to learn more about our faith. But we must be wary of the temptation to think too highly of ourselves because of all the knowledge we have attained - to believe that we will be saved because of our vast knowledge of spiritual things. In order to grow spiritually, we must humbly ask God to help us.

Geeky Quote: "Teach me!" - Stephen Strange, Doctor Strange

Prayer: Holy Spirit, let me seek a deeper relationship with God, not through my own power, but with Your help. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: Monday of the First Week of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Matthew 8:5-11

Highlight: "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed."

Reflection: We do not deserve salvation, and there is nothing we can do to earn it. But God loves us so much that he saves us anyway. We must open ourselves to that grace, and allow Jesus to work in our lives.

Geeky Quote: "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." - Princess Leia, Star Wars: A New Hope

Prayer: Jesus, help me to see the power of Your mercy. Please heal the brokenness in my life, so that I can one day be with You forever. Amen.

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Geeky Catholic Advent: First Sunday of Advent 2018

Gospel Reading: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Highlight: "Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day [the Second Coming and the General Judgment] catch you by surprise like a trap."

Reflection: It is easy to be distracted from our spiritual lives - not just from literal carousing and drunkenness, but from all the passing things of this world. We must always remember that we are destined for eternity, and that we will be called to account for all our actions (and failures to act) in this life.

Geeky Quote: "Constant vigilance!" - Mad-Eye Moody, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Prayer: Jesus, I ask you to give me the grace to remember You in everything I do. Keep me from sin, so that Your coming will not catch me by surprise. Amen.

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Have Yourself a Geeky Catholic Advent

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It can be easy to get caught up with all the planning required for Christmas (buying gifts for everyone, preparing to host family members, hosting and attending Christmas parties, etc.), and forget about the planning we should really be doing in Advent. Namely, planning for the coming of Christ. To Christians, Advent is not just about getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago. We are preparing for Jesus to come again at the end of time, and we are preparing to welcome Him more fully into our lives now.

I am putting together a list of short reflections on the Gospel readings for each day of Advent, with a geeky twist. Each reflection will also have a quote from some geeky book, movie, or TV show, that relates in some way to the Gospel reading for that day.

I'm no theologian or mystic, so don't expect some profound revelation every day. My hope is that these daily posts will provide a reminder - either in your Facebook feed or your email inbox - to take a mom…

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...

Hope: Looking Up vs. Trust

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Several months ago, my sister-in-law and her husband lost a daughter to miscarriage. When I heard the name they gave to their daughter - Maria Esperanza - I was inspired to write about the virtue of hope ("esperanza" is Spanish for "hope"). I have been struggling since then to put this post together. There are so many questions to answer. What does it mean to hope? How can you have hope in God when it seems like He only sends you suffering? Does a miscarriage prove that your hope was in vain?

But after months of putting it off, I've finally put pen to paper (finger to keyboard? electrical impulse to web server?). I'd like to dedicate this post to Maria Esperanza and her parents.

GCD Rerun: Lord, If You Had Been Here

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If they celebrated the scrutiny rites for RCIA elect at your Mass today, then you most likely heard the account of the resurrection of Lazarus during the gospel reading. A year ago, I wrote a reflection on that gospel reading. I'm re-publishing that reflection today, both for those who heard that reading today, and anyone else who's interested.

Sin and Star Wars, Part I - Anakin Skywalker

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As a lifelong Catholic and an almost-lifelong Star Wars fan, it's no surprise (to me at least) that I see a lot of Christian themes in Star Wars. By no means is Star Wars an overtly Christian work; on the contrary, it draws its spirituality from many religions, both Eastern and Western. But George Lucas did intend his story to have themes of good and evil. "I wanted it to be a traditional moral study, to have some sort of palpable precepts in it that children could understand." So while I wouldn't recommend taking Star Wars as your sole source of morality and spirituality, there is some truth to be found in that galaxy far, far away.

Why Was Luke on a Jedi Planet if He Didn't Want to be a Jedi Anymore?

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Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been out for a few weeks now, and fans are divided. There are those (like myself) who loved the film. (See my review here.) But a lot of fans have issues with the film, ranging from minor nitpicks to huge disagreements about the tone, the direction the story took, or the motivations of characters. As a result, a multitude of discussions are taking place across social media. The trolls of the internet resort to hyperbole and ad hominem attacks. Fortunately, most of what I've seen has been civil, even when fans have fundamental problems with what they saw on the screen. I will be addressing one of the many topics of discussion I've seen come up: Why was Luke on Ahch-To, the site of the original Jedi Temple, if he didn't even want to be a Jedi anymore?