So I am stretching before class and listening to my classmates talk about Jedis and The Force and Padawans and the Dark Side and even about how Jedis have to be celibate (although I hear the Council has come under fire for this lately) and all of this stuff and thinking, If only they knew that all this stuff was real, and called, more or less, Catholicism.
I was thinking about writing a post about that, but it turns out Marc Barnes already has it covered. Excerpt:
In her sacraments (Power-ups), her catechesis (+HP), her sacramentals (Items), her abundance of spiritualities (fighting styles), her challenges (Bosses), in confession (restart at last saved point), and in her call to of us to win this race (game). I hold with all my heart that if ever a man wants to understand why the Catholic delights in the ritual and rule of his Church, he must first understand why children play Pokemon.
Which reminds me of J. B. Toner’s similarly themed Life Is an RPG:
Consider the fact that you voluntarily play RPGs for fun, in order to be entertained. Well: we know that our daily lives are holy, that God walks among the pots and pans; but I call your attention, sir or madam, to the fact that our daily lives are also tremendously entertaining if we simply perceive that we ourselves are heroes….Each day we have optional side quests. Give five bucks or your sandwich to the homeless guy. Ching: you’ve gained XP (or grace points, as I like to call them). Read some G.K. Chesterton. Ching: +2 bonus to your Wisdom rating.
Ching! Okay, carry on being heroes now.