Lord of the Rings, Sacraments, Talks

Middle-earth and the Seven Sacraments: Tolkien’s Catholic Vision (Session 1)

This is the first session in a five-part formation series titled: “Middle-earth and the Seven Sacraments.” In this first session, I’d like to address the elephant in the room: Why would I choose the Lord of the Rings as a tool for teaching about the Sacraments of the Catholic faith? Why not just use the Catechism? Is that not good…

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Art, Sacraments

“If you wish, you can make me clean.”

This weekend’s Gospel passage reveals Christ’s great desire to heal us of everything that drags us down and enslaves us. The leper comes to Jesus saying, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Our Lord wastes no time reassuring him: “I do will it. Be made clean.” In the midst of the Church, the Lord’s desire to “make us…

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