Next week we will be launching our Kickstarter campaign for the LAST MONKS OF SKELLIG MICHAEL comic book series. Here is another teaser, showcasing a part of one finished panel. There will be a full page previewed next week when the campaign launches on Wednesday.
Stay tuned for more!
For more information on the project, check out:
–> www.lastmonks.com <–
On August 16, 2017, I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for an exciting new project. It is a comic book based on the exciting adventures of the Last Monks of Skellig Michael, a community of monks who lived on a remote island off the coast of Ireland more than 1,000 years ago.
It is a project that is truly groundbreaking and has a very talented team behind it.
For more amazing concept art and to meet our Creative Team, visit: www.lastmonks.com
Finding time to pray is certainly difficult. As I have advocated before, it is essential to create your own daily schedule of prayer. However, sometimes we don’t know where to start and only have a vague idea of what we want to do.
One excellent idea that will get you started and help sanctify your day in a simply way is by taking up the ancient practice of the Angelus.
But what is the Angelus? How do I pray it devoutly?
Recently I have been brainstorming new ways to evangelize youth and young adults and the thought hit me: what about comic books? Oddly enough, while the comic book industry took a hit during the past two decades, sales over the past year have skyrocketed. This is due in part to the rise in superhero movies and has resulted in a new audience craving fantastic adventures.
The comic book realm is an interesting one, being a visual format accessible to many different age groups. It presents unique opportunities for evangelization to an audience who wouldn’t typically pick up a book about a saint.
In preparation for my short book on the Last Monks of Skellig Michael, I watched again the final scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Rey makes her way through the ancient monastery, which in the Star Wars universe is reportedly the first Jedi temple. It is the place of refuge for Luke Skywalker and will play a vital role in the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi.
What’s interesting is that when I paused one of the scenes of Rey walking among the bee-hive huts, I noticed the special effects wizards at Lucasfilm did not erase a Celtic cross that features prominently on the screen. (As a side note, there are a few other interesting details about his snapshot, like what is Rey looking at?)
The moment only lasts a few seconds, but it is interesting to see the first Christian cross embedded into the Star Wars universe. It was likely an oversight, and the decision not to erase it came from the fact that most people would hardly notice it.
Here is a close-up of the cross that Rey walks by and that has been worn down through the centuries. A faint outline of a cross can also be seen in the center.
In The Last Jedi most of the scenes were filmed at a reconstructed set, so it is likely we won’t see this Celtic cross again.
If you are interested in learning more about this ancient monastery and the mysterious monks who lived there, check out my latest book, The Last Monks of Skellig Michael.
Typically when we think of living a sacramental life, we immediately think of the seven sacraments. While that is not wrong, we often miss a much larger sacramental experience that encompasses everything we do.
This is what Regis Martin, professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, sets out to correct in his latest book, Witness to Wonder: The World of Catholic Sacrament. Martin expertly lays out a much broader definition of sacrament that sees in all of God’s creation a “sign” that points to God’s truth, beauty and goodness.