Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
It is with great joy that I announce my conversion to that most ancient and mystical of religions: the Faith of the Jedi Warrior.
Many of you will ask me: “Mark, why? We thought you were a serious Catholic!”
All I can say is, it just feels right for me, and I like the Jedi ethos which teaches us all to trust our feelings. Because, after all, if you can’t trust your feelings, what *can* you trust?
Others ask, “But isn’t this just from a movie? Didn’t George Lucas just make it all up?”
To them I say, “Name one religion somebody didn’t just make up!” Ha! Got you there, didn’t I? You don’t even know how to answer, do you? That proves the Force is with me.
You see, it’s that kind of quick thinking theology that I most admire about the Jedi faith. That and being able to lift an entire spacecraft out of a swamp using only my brain. Also, being able to have a powerful influence on weak-minded storm troopers is useful.
You may ask when I’m going to be able to do that spacecraft-lifting thing. I reply that I will do it when I am ready and not before. These things take time, and I am only a young apprentice. But stay with me and you will see great things.
I’ve had a great run as a Catholic, and I appreciate all your support, Gentle Register Readers. But from here on in it’s Jedi for me!
So let me say to one and all, with all the sincerity this most special Day of Days deserves: “May the Force be with You!”