Catholic Inklings

Musings and sharings on my devotion to an ancient religion.

Pastoral Minister. Fan. Writer. Ninja.

Twenty years of pastoral experience plus more than forty years of fandom equals a faith/fun mashup. Join me as we journey through a life of faith while engaging the things of this, and the other worlds that we love.

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My new book, Comic Con Christianity, is available for delivery on August 7.

From the earliest days of human culture, superheroes have inspired us to look deeper and raise questions about how we live in community. Every generation had its heroes from Beowulf to Siegfried to King Arthur, and our more recent heroes given by Tolkien, Lewis, Stan Lee, and Gene Roddenberry. Comic Con Christianity is a gateway to faith for young, unchurched nerds who do not currently have the vocabulary of faith which, incidentally, is the same vocabulary as most superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy media. For the seeker—young adults and nerds of all ages—this book is an introduction to Catholic Christian thought using media that already speaks to them. For the faithful, considering these stories from a Christian perspective offers a challenge to the way we live our faith.

Comic Con Christianity, a natural expression of  Catholic faith, invites the reader to look at Catholic Christian spirituality within the context of some of the most compelling stories of our culture. The stories in this book, which resonate with many, is a bridge between this ever-growing demographic and our Catholic faith.

It can be ordered directly from Paulist Press by using this link.

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU INCREDIBLE PARENTS | GEEKDOM HOUSE

When Elastigirl says she has to “save the family by leaving it,” her words hit me right in the feels—my heart broke every time I left my kids to go to work when they were small. Of course, that was mostly because they would stand at the window screaming and crying. I later found out that as soon as I was out of sight, they would go about their business like I never existed. Little monsters. But, that’s what kids do. Elastigirl knew that in order to make a path for herself, her husband, her children, and all supers to have the option of a super future, she needed to be away from her kids for a time. And that’s where Mr. Incredible comes in.

Read the article at Geekdom House, here.

Comic Con Christianity | Coming Soon!!!

From the earliest days of human culture, superheroes have inspired us to look deeper and raise questions about how we live in community. Comic Con Christianity can be a gateway to faith for young, un-churched nerds who do not currently have the vocabulary of faith, which, incidentally, is the same vocabulary as most superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy media. For the seeker young adults and nerds of all ages this book could be an introduction to Catholic Christian thought using media that already speaks to them. For the faithful, considering these stories from a Christian perspective offers a challenge to the way we live our faith.
Comic Con Christianity, a natural expression of Catholic faith, invites the reader to look at Catholic Christian spirituality within the context of some of the most compelling stories of our culture.

Pre-order your copy of Comic Con Christianity on Amazon here OR Order it directly from Paulist Press using this flyer: Comic Con Christianity Order Form (PDF)

Comic Con Christianity has been awarded the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval

Just Have Faith | Breaking Open the Word at Home

In the readings for Sunday, July 1, we’re reminded that God takes no pleasure in death, but that God conquers it in the Resurrection. God didn’t create death, but we brought it into the world through our cooperation with evil. We’re offered two stories sandwiched together in one of Jesus’ power over death, and his desire to heal us.

For a short, family friendly reflection on the Scriptures and discussion questions for the family, click here.

Incredibles 2 | Bigger on the Inside

 

Incredibles 2, as promised by the actors before the movie began, was well worth the more than a decade wait for the sequel. It tackles themes like adolescence, stay-at-home parenting, working parents, work insecurity and potential homelessness, how to deal with unjust laws, and my personal nemesis: New Math. Funny, action-packed and beautifully made, this is a fantastic family movie.

For a short review of the movie that includes themes and discussion questions to get the ball rolling, click here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story | Bigger on the Inside

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a glimpse into three years of Han Solo’s life, which is meant to give us an understanding of where he came from and how he became the hero that we all love. Don’t worry—he knows. This was not my favorite movie from the Star Wars franchise, but it did offer some great themes for family or youth group discussions.

Get a short review with discussion starters for the family here.

Avengers: Infinity War | Bigger on the Inside

In Avengers: Infinity Wars, personal sacrifice to save the life of another is a major theme—as is the value of a single human life. Here’s your Catholic family movie review, complete with the trailer and discussion questions for your older kids. (We’re not recommending it for the younger set.) And, I worked really hard to not include any spoilers.

Read the full review, watch the trailer, and get ideas for discussion questions here.

Vine and Branches | Breaking Open the Word at Home

The readings for this Sunday, April 29, show us that sometimes our past can follow us. Paul, who had been Saul the oppressor of Christians, needed to show the disciples in Jerusalem that he had changed. His past scared them, and the proof of his change was the way he lived his life. He now spoke boldly for Jesus, and modeled his life after Jesus’. The second reading backs up the experience of the early Christian community–it says that words aren’t enough–we need to live in our words and our deeds. And our deeds should be loving. In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that to be part of him is like belonging to a vine. The main body of the vine is where the strength is, where the nutrients come from; where the life comes from. Branches grow out from there and grow fruit.

Read full reflection and discussion questions for the family here.