My wife and I recently finished Season 1 of The Chosen, a new multi-season show about Jesus and the apostles. I was blown away by how good it was and how powerfully it spoke to me. If you haven't heard of this show - or if you've heard of it but haven't made time to watch it yet - click below to see five reasons you should give it a chance:
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This past weekend, I finished a project that's been in the works for over a year: a custom box for The Han Solo Card Game (a.k.a. Sabacc). I've written in the past about my love for tabletop games. I've made a few custom inserts for some of our board games before, but this project was by far the most extensive. So if you'd like to see how I did it, click below:
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A few weeks ago, I was asked to lead a reflection on the Seventh Station of the Cross: Jesus Falls the Second Time. As we get closer to Holy Week, I thought I would share this reflection with you:
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Many of us can no longer go to Mass on Sunday (or any day) to receive the Eucharist. This article will not tell you that there is nothing to be sad about, or that this has happened before, or that everything is going to be fine. Sorrow - and even anger - are natural and appropriate responses to being separated from the Real Presence. But here are seven things you can do while you wait for the world to go back to normal:

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In my previous post, I explored what we had learned about Mandalorians in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as the tie-in graphic novel Son of Dathomir.

In this article, I will look at the Mandalorians in  Star Wars: Rebels:

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Based on what we had been shown in the animated shows, there were a few surprises in The Mandalorian. In this article, I'm going to focus on the mentions of Mandalorians in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as the graphic novel Son of Dathomir, which was based on some unfinished Clone Wars episodes. I'll be looking for any backstory on Mandalorian history, as well as...
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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 17:11-19

Highlight: "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine?"

Reflection: As a child, I expected this gospel passage to end like one of Grimm's fairy tales or Aesop's fables. I thought that since the other nine lepers did not thank Jesus, their disease would return, and only the one grateful leper would be permanently cured. But that's not...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-13

Highlight: "You cannot serve both God and mammon."

Reflection: The parable of the dishonest steward has never really made sense to me. I just can't figure out what the steward did that was so praiseworthy. His job was in danger because of his dishonesty, but he ends up...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-32

Highlight: "While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion."

Reflection: I, like many Christians, have read the parable of the prodigal son countless times. So the question is: Is there anything left to...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 14:25-33

Highlight: "Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?"

Reflection: Jesus asks us to give everything to him. Every part of us. So if we are still holding onto possessions or relationships that don't lead us closer to Christ, then trying to be...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 14:1, 7-14

Highlight: "For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Reflection: To a lot of people, the life Christ calls us to might look bleak. He asks us to let go of our earthly possessions, put others first in everything, and embrace suffering. Meanwhile, what are we supposed to do with all these...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 13:22-30

Highlight: "Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers.'"

Reflection: This week presents another difficult gospel passage. Jesus is asked if only a few people will be saved, and his response seems to indicate that...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:49-53

Highlight: "Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division."

Reflection: This gospel passage is a jarring contrast to the popular perception of Jesus and his mission. Especially when you look at...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32-48

Highlight: "Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom."

Reflection: God loves us so much that he has prepared a kingdom for us. Heaven will be so much better than anything we can imagine, and certainly better than anything we could earn. The catch is...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:13-21

Highlight: "Though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions."

Reflection: This is a message we've all probably heard a thousand times. But are we really living it? Are we really making our relationship with God our highest priority? The things of this world are not evil, but they are...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 11:1-13

Highlight: "What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?"

Reflection: Is the message of this gospel reading that God will always give us what we ask for? Because if that's the measuring stick for prayer, I'd have lost my faith a long time ago. But that's not the message. The point of Jesus's question...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42

Highlight: "Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."

Reflection: It might be hard to read this reading and not think that Jesus is missing something. "Jesus," we might say, "that's great that Mary is sitting at your feet and listening to you. But if we all just sat and listened, the world would...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Highlight: "When he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side."

Reflection: This reading might not be very challenging at first glance. After all, the priest and the Levite didn't act charitably. It's easy, then, to identify with the Good Samaritan. But what would I really...

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Geeky Catholic Sunday: The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Highlight: "If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you."

Reflection: This verse doesn't usually stick out to me when I read this Gospel passage, but it did today. It's about wishing peace for people, and really, to wish peace for someone is to love them. Jesus is advising us to...

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