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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer #2 Premieres

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in courageous saints, formidable women | 2 comments

Are you excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Christmas will come a little early for me, as the film premieres on December 15th! Tonight, we’ll see the premiere of the second trailer during half-time of Monday Night Football’s match-up between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

I’ll be watching. There was a time when I was a big fan of the Purple Gang, probably because I had a crush on Donny Osmond and his favorite color was purple. Eventually, though, I had a bigger crush on Han Solo. And an even bigger fascination with the Star Wars saga. It was inevitable that I would write about characters that have influenced me or moved me in some way. So much so, that I feature Rey, the heroine of these last films, in Super Girls and Halos.

Stars Wars’ appeal to me, after the cool special effects, is in the story-telling. I love to see the epic battle of Good vs. Evil play out on the big screen. Although Lucas was often criticized for bad dialogue — as a kid I never noticed. As an adult, I didn’t care — the story is greater than a few cheesy lines here and there.

In The Force Awakens, we meet Rey and are treated to an update on our favorite characters from the first trilogy. I immediately loved Rey. She was fearless and daring, everything exciting about a heroine. Rey’s sense of justice prevails, and she is drawn into the Resistance to fight the evil of the First Order.

The enduring theme of the Star Wars films is the triumph of good over evil, the eternal battle of the light versus the dark sides of the Force on a galactic scale. The films also explore this theme on the smaller though no less epic scale of the individual human person. As Christians, we’re reminded that we must act, whether singly or in concert with others, according to God’s plan for salvation in our lives. (Super Girls and Halos p. 32)

Super GirlsRey represents, for me, the ultimate fictional heroine. Her commitment to justice in the galaxy drives her in The Force Awakens, and I have great hope for how she will use The Force in The Last Jedi through her training, and ultimately, in the battle against the evil in the First Order.

In Super Girls and Halos, I share my love of the saints and how they are excellent models of virtue. The Saints lived lives of heroic virtue, too. I pair Rey with St. Clare of Assisi as a beacon of strength and light, as I discuss the same virtue of justice in a canonized saint and heroine in her own right.

Check back here to see the new trailer.


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Announcing the Winners

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Announcing the Winners

Drumroll please…

The winners for the Super Girls and Halos giveaways are right here!!!

Brenna  won the Wonder Woman plush doll! How fun! @shellysmas

and…Heather Renshaw won the Original Wonder Woman t-shirt @realcatholicmom! Thank you to the Nerdy Catholic Tees company for the awesome shirt!

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happy birthday, Cachita!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in good for the soul | Comments Off on happy birthday, Cachita!

It’s the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As Cuban-Americans, on this day we celebrate the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity.


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It’s rough to be so far away from family and friends today. Instead of celebrating, though, they are packing up in the face of an impending hurricane, Irma.

This, on the heels of the devastation in Texas and the Gulf coast.

For the first time that I know of, Miami receives a dispensation for not attending Mass this Sunday. In fact, all Masses are cancelled. Wow.

Pray for those in the path of Irma. I put my trust in Jesus, and Cachita, who once upon a time, stilled those waters. 

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I have this book, y’all!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2017 in courageous saints, formidable women | 3 comments

Super Girls

It’s true! I have this book that comes out in just a few days, on the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! I’m so excited to share Super Girls and Halos: My Companions on the Quest for Truth, Justice, and Heroic Virtue with you.

Fun for me!

It was a fun book to write, something that I’d always wanted to do — examine the lives of some of the heroines of popular culture that I had come to admire, and even emulate at times in my life. My growing faith helped me see some other things in these exciting characters, what Bishop Robert Barron calls the “seeds of the gospel.” These heroic women have human virtues that are good, but the more I thought about it, the more I saw how the lives of saints were also exciting and interesting, and certainly worth emulating.

I bring it all together in this book that explores fictional heroines, real saints, the cardinal virtues, and Our Lady of Guadalupe!

I had a lot of fun doing the research for the book, which was pretty much getting to binge-watch my favorite movies and then talk about them, and then repeat the process with some saints that I think you will love to know more about. Isn’t that a fan’s dream?

Fun for you!

I had so much fun, I want to share it with you. To celebrate the launch of Super Girls and Halos on September 8th, I’m giving away a Wonder Woman plush doll since the very first chapter is about Wonder Woman!

I’m also joining the Nerdy Catholic Tees guys with some truth on a silk screen about the Blessed Mother being the Original Wonder Woman!

Post a picture of yourself anywhere on social media holding a copy of Super Girls and Halos with #SuperGirlsandHalos and you’ll be entered to win the Wonder Woman plush doll. Add #ShowYourNerdySide and you’ll be entered to win The Original Wonder Woman t-shirt courtesy of Check out the Nerdy Guys at for a chance to win a signed copy of my book!

What’s Coming Up?

Follow me on social media. I’ll be posting links to interviews and reviews about Super Girls and Halos, and I’ll be posting and sharing your pictures, too!*

Enjoy the book! Enjoy the fun! And spread the word!

*Contest ends September 21, 2017. Winners will be announced on September 22, 2017.



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critters in my back yard

Posted by on Aug 14, 2017 in fun | Comments Off on critters in my back yard

How varied are your works, LORD!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

There is the sea, great and wide!

It teems with countless beings,

living things both large and small.

          (Psalm 104:25)


Ever since moving to our little paradise on the Bay of the Holy Spirit, we’ve had all kinds of friendly visitors:


raccoons, jackrabbits, squirrels,
songbirds, hummingbirds, ospreys,
pelicans, herons, box turtles,
frogs, snakes, butterflies,
crabs, catfish, dolphins, rays


and most recently, ALLIGATORS!

I’m holding out for the CHUPACABRA.


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