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How I Am a Timelord (And So Can You!)

11 Jan

No, unfortunately it’s not because I have an old fob watch I peculiarly never open. And it’s not because I’ve finally moved into the realm of certifiable insanity. Well it could be that, but I guess what I’m really getting at, the real reason I’m a Timelord, and so can you, is this:

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Bam. Two hearts.

It took me a while to realize exactly how I wanted to present this metaphor and what it really means to me, but I kept stewing with it, because the idea of having two hearts has been basically stalking me. It first stems from my obsession with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and its impending artwork and devotion and utter amazingness, which is pierced and never dying, tortured and never faltering, burning and never consumed, with Love for us. In my spiritual life I have come to realize just how much I long to be close to that Heart, how much I would rather have it be the heart in my chest than my own. I’ve also realized how He has already promised me this:

“A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”  (Ezekiel 36:26)

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So the first way the metaphor works is this: He gives me His Heart as well. He has promised me communion with it and it comes to me physically in the Eucharist. When you receive Communion, you quite literally have two hearts in your chest, two presences in your very self. Both wholly physical and actual.

Hence, Timelord. Two hearts. His and mine.

BUT THEN…

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I kept thinking about it. It kept nagging at me. Am I a Timelord all the time, or just in the fifteen minutes after Communion that I am genuinely holding Infinity within me? There still seemed to be something I was missing, some way in which I got to be a Timelord all the time, without having to be institutionalized for delusional behavior.

And as I recently renewed my Total Consecration to the Jesus through Mary on December 8th, it hit me.

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It’s hers. Hers is my other heart. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a much gentler, more patient devotion. She will never force herself upon you, but instead waits in humility to lead you to her Son. Her heart, full of Mercy is the other gift that He gives us, if we will take it.

Hence, Timelord. Two Hearts. His and Hers.

This aspect of the metaphor is more spiritual and abstract than the first. The first is simply an observation about the freaky and enchanting fact that when you receive the Eucharist, you’re two and one at once, the Heart of our Lord genuinely existing in the same cavity as your physical heart. This second way of being a Timelord is much more constant, and more difficult. Because this second way you must work at.

What’s beautiful about being a Timelord? Why would a person even want to be one, you ask? Besides the obvious fashion benefits (bowties, suspenders, fezzes, Stetsons, trench coats, converse, leather jacket, glasses, etc), there lies in the Timelord the actuality of greatness, the potential to be splendid, to be merciful, to be hilarious, to be wonderful, to be compassionate and interesting and brilliant and totally yourself. But we normal humans cannot achieve this by ourselves. What it takes is realizing that your only power, the only ability you have to love others as they deserve, to be as wonderful as you deserve, to accomplish what the world deserves, lies not in your own self and heart, but in the hearts of Christ the King and the Queen of Heaven.

In other words, the benefits of trading in your own stony heart- that is, your own fixation with relying wholly on yourself- and instead throwing yourself fully into knowing and serving and loving the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, are immense. You will become a Timelord. When you pray for communion with the Hearts, asking continually and earnestly, you will learn to be yourself better, to see the world better, to love others better, and to be more joyful, more content, and more courageous.

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Sorry this is the most visually annoying gif ever. I couldn’t resist.

Devotion to the Hearts is your fob watch. 

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You know you want to.

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How Pop Culture Helps Us Know God

21 Oct

Let’s be honest. You’re a nerd. You wouldn’t be here if you weren’t. (We wouldn’t be here if we weren’t.) You get pumped about movie premiers. You make t-shirts for book releases. You would go to the sketchiest little venue just to hear that band play. You may even own some action figures. We won’t judge.

So why do we love these things? Because they entertain us, yes. But on a deeper level, isn’t it because what we see in them we hope to find and cultivate in ourselves? And on an even deeper level, we would argue that it’s because in each story, in each human creation, we see God. Some level of higher truth is always represented, regardless of whether it was intended.

God created human creativity. In His image, He instilled in us love of the creative act. And beyond that, He made us relational, that we might seek to create things to entertain and encourage each other. Even those who aren’t as prolific in their creativity as others are still creative in their very person. JP 2’s Letter to Artists says, “Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.” The very carrying out of our lives is an artistic and venerable act, for when in His creativity He made us, He called us very good. We are ultimately, in our design, very good.

And in our fundamental goodness, there exists in our strivings the potential for similar good. The art we make, the stories we tell, the buildings we build, the music we write, and the lives we lead can have a deep and utter goodness that is beneficial in its very nature.

And we at Theology for Nerds have a particular fascination with those created things which stem so brilliantly from the minds of humans across the world and how they can serve as conduits of the transcendental: truth, beauty, and goodness.

But for real. We really really enjoy pop culture.

And so we endeavor to share our thoughts on how the many facets of popular art, in which our culture is so steeped, speak astonishingly deeply of realities they scarcely understand.

Because we are obsessed.

And so very, very nerdy. It’s like a metaphysical comic-con up in here.

So, the goals of this blog are as follows:
A. Ponder the immense mysteries of the nature of God and man through the unfortunately (but not irrevocably) secularized media sources, and hopefully encourage you to do the same.
2. Nerd out.

Open your eyes. Know Him. Rejoice in the fact that all art is ultimately pointing back to God. Because you cannot separate a human from his image, not matter how hard you try. And the media will ultimately be reclaimed because it cannot escape its own goodness. We just have to recognize it and demand it.
And no, we won’t judge you for wearing that t-shirt in public.

A brief disclaimer: Pop culture can display our good. However it can also display our bad. We as fallen humans are not above implanting our hatred, anger, and personal baggage into the things we create just as frequently and vividly as our goodness. Be careful, be watchful. Not everything is good. Learn to be discerning. Learn to ask whether a film, book, show, play, etc speaks of God properly, whether it correctly orders reality and upholds the dignity of creation. Ask Him to teach you how to be in the culture, but not of it. Don’t take everything as authoritative and correct, and ultimately, if you feel something is leading you down a wrong path, discontinue use. Remember, not everything is worth your time, and not everything is worthy of our attention. We are learning this skill too. Rejoice in and embrace the good, the excellent, the worthy, and discard the foul.