Will the New Star Wars Trilogy Fall to Feminism?

Dr. Taylor Marshall Reviews JJ Abrams Star Wars

I LOVED the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I shed tears when I saw Han Solo back on the screen. I was so delighted. But after I left the theatre, I became a little concerned that the new JJ Abrams script might become Hunger Games: Star Wars Edition with the vindication of a “strong independent female character” at the expense of an amazing story arc.

Watch Taylor’s Movie Review of the New Star Wars: The Force Awakens by clicking here.

The genius of the original Trilogy was the fellowship of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Lando, C3P0, R2D2, et al. Lord of the Rings also rolls out well because of the amazing team upon which the narrative depends.

In this new film, however, I get the feeling that there isn’t a team – but only a “Katniss Everdeen, Divergent, Disney Princess Elsa Strong and Independent Female Character.” I really hope that this does not morph into Feminism meets the Force.

Hopefully I’m over reacting and Finn, Leia, Poe Dameron, and some other strong characters meld into the galactic team that we expect. Watch my video commentary and tell me if you share similar concerns?

Question: Did you like the new Star Wars? Share your thoughts in our comments section. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

VIDEO: How to Share Catholic Faith with Jewish Friends

Hanukah ends this week: So how do you convincingly and charitably share the Jewish Faith with your Catholic friend or family member?

Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, we Christians really do want our Jewish family and friends to experience the healing of baptism and the joys and consolation of the Holy Eucharist!

Thomas looking at NSTIChrist is the King of the Jews, and (as St Paul and St Thomas Aquinas teach) their personal reception of Christ brings glory to God and is an eschatological sign!

I’m really excited to share with you this HD Catholic Class from the New Saint Thomas Institute with detailed practical advice on sharing the Catholic Faith with Jewish family, friends, and co-workers. Hanukah ends this week so it’s a great opportunity to brush up on your Catholic theology and Old Testament skills.

[If you already are a Member of the New Saint Thomas Institute, you received this video lesson last week, plus so much more. Your premium version access of this video is available here.]

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HD Video: How to Share Catholic Faith with a Jewish Friend:

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Your Private Replay of Catholic Advent Webinar with Taylor Marshall:

You are invited to a replay of our Catholic Advent Theology Webianr. Here is what we covered:

  1. the earliest historical records about Advent in the Church Fathers
  2. the ancient relationship between Advent and Lent
  3. why Advent went from 5 to 4 Sundays around AD 1000
  4. the theology of “delayed gratification” as it relates to Advent & the Eucharistic Fast
  5. practical tips on how to celebrate Advent (especially important for families with children/grandchildren)

We had 981 live attendees and many of you have asked for a replay of the Webinar. So here it is!

We have scheduled 4 replay times in the next 2 days. If you’d like to watch the replay, then here’s how you do it:

  1. STEP 1: Click link below and register for the Catholic Advent Webinar Replay (free)
  2. STEP 2: Choose which of the four times you’d like to watch the Catholic Advent Replay
  3. STEP 3: Watch it! (the chat feature won’t be live  because it’s a replay)

Watch the Catholic Advent Webinar REPLAY by clicking here:

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And we are having a NEW AND LIVE second follow up Advent Webinar this Thursday December 10 2015:

Please also join us for another LIVE Catholic Webinar later this week on Thursday December 10th called: “The History and Theology of Our Lady of Guadalupe.”

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You can sign up for this new second Guadalupe Webinar by clicking here {Guadalupe live}.

You can watch the replay of the History of Advent Webinar by clicking here {Advent replay}.

Taylor Marshall

Where are the Skulls of Saints Peter and Paul?

In the video below I give a brief history and tour of one of my favorite places in Rome: the Pope’s Cathedral and Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

Although many people have forgotten, the heads of Peter and Paul are situated in the baldacchino which you can see in this video (click here to watch):

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PHOTO: Our 8th Baby, Margaret born on St John Paul II’s feast day!

Our 8th baby is here – a perfect baby girl! She was born on October 22, 2015 – the feast day of Saint John Paul II! We named her Margaret Grace Carol Marshall:

  • Margaret: my great-grandmother’s name (and in Latin it means “pearl” as in the Pearl of Great Price)
  • Grace: we need more of God’s grace
  • Carol: she was born on the feast day of Karol Wojtyla, aka Saint John Paul II
  • 8lbs, 7 ounces

Check out the supreme cuteness of little Margaret:

Margaret Marshall

Thousands of you were praying for us as Joy’s labor excelled 24 hours. Out of our 8 babies, this was one of the the toughest. The baby would not be born! We checked in at 8am on Wednesday and up with a Caesarean by 11:15am Thursday:

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Joy checking in…

Since the water had been broken over 20 hours, the doctor opted for Caesarean section. Here’s Joy still spunky after 20 hours of labor (Joy, please don’t kill me for posting this pic!). She has 7 babies and given birth 3 times previously at home with no drugs, so she’s pretty much a boss with high pain tolerance. If you looking to meet Mrs. Provers 31:10-31, here she is after fighting the fight for 20 hours:

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after 20 hours of labor, not a lot of sleep, and a lot of prayers

They suited me up to play the part (#nofilter #NotAMedicalDoctor):

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Then, total jaw-dropping cuteness entered our lives:

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is she precious or what?

Close up, #nofilter:

Margaret Marshall

And here’s the family greeting their new baby sister (if you don’t see the video, click here):

May I ask a special favor? Please pray a Hail Mary for Margaret to live a happy and holy life! Would you do that for us? Thank you!

Joy is recovering and doing well. She is so happy! We are blessed together.

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PS: Thank you to everyone on Facebook and to everyone in the New Saint Thomas Institute who was praying for Joy and the baby  during the labor and confusion leading up to the Caesarean section. Saint John Paul II, pray for us.

Who was the Second Pope: Intro to Saint Linus

And his thoughts on chapel veils...

We all know that Saint Peter was the first Pope, but who took up the reins after the Emperor Nero crucified Peter upside down below the Vatican Hill?

Tradition identifies Saint Linus as Pope #2. In today’s video, I give you a short intro into this sainted pope and martyr – who shares a feast day with Padre Pio:

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If you’re interested in going on a pilgrimage to Rome with me in 2016, please click here for details.


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7 Sorrows of Mary and the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and I’d like to share with you how the 7 Sorrows of Mary correspond to the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Discover how the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady relate to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

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And here’s the podcast version:

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It is a tradition for Catholics to say daily one Our Father and seven Hail Mary for each.


  1. The Prophecy of Simeon. (Luke 2:34-35)
  2. The Flight into Egypt. (Matthew 2:13)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple. (Luke 2:43-45)
  4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary. (Luke 23:26)
  5. Jesus Dies on the Cross. (John 19:25)
  6. Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms. (Matthew 27:57-59)
  7. The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb. (John 19:40-42)

The Seven Sorrows of Mary also correspond to the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon – Fear of the Lord (Mary is explicitly reminded of her sorrowful vocation: “a sword shall pierced thy soul”)
  2. The Flight into Egypt – Piety (Mary fulfills her duties toward Joseph and Jesus in a foreign land)
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Knowledge (Mary’s knowledge of Christ’s identity as the Son of God)
  4. Mary Meets Jesus on the Way to Calvary – Fortitude (Mary’s strength in seeing Christ in His Passion)
  5. Jesus Dies on the Cross – Counsel (Mary is the spiritual guide and counselor for all who seek her crucified Son)
  6. Mary Receives the Body of Jesus in Her Arms – Understanding (As Mary holds the dead body of her Son, she perceives His coming resurrection)
  7. The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb – Wisdom (Christ is hidden but Mary’s soul continues to see Christ and communicate with Him)

Since Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, this should come as no surprise to us.

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{Catholic Video} How to Refute Mormons in 4 Points

Ding dong. The Mormon missionaries are standing at your front door wearing ties and white shirtsleeve shirts. Do you:

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A) ignore them?
B) hear them out?
C) try to convert them?

Take up the challenge. Choose (C). Bring them into the truth. But what do you say? Here’s how you refute them in four points and open up the conversation to embracing orthodox Christianity:

Below is a free sample video refuting Mormonism in 4 quick points. It’s taken from our “How to Convert People from Cults and Eastern Religions” Module from the New Saint Thomas Institute. Every week we send our NSTI student-members new videos, audios, and written resources to aid them in apologetics and evangelization of family, friends, and coworkers. Here’s our most recent video on Mormonism:

If you don’t see the video in your RSS feed or email, please click here to watch it.

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Replay of Catholic Webinar: St Augustine’s Life and Theology

What a great time we had last night on the Webinar learning about Saint Augustine! Over 1,000 in the live and replay viewings!

We covered Saint Augustine’s:

  1. childhood, adolescence, and priestly ministry
  2. sexual vices
  3. conversion
  4. use of secular Philosophy
  5. refutation of Manicheean and Pelagian heresies
  6. importance for converting non-believers in out time.

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If you missed the Webinar we have a replay of it. If you attend you’ll receive Saint Augustine in 50 Pages. I made it available toward the end at around the 39 minute mark.

You can watch it right away or at one of our scheduled replay times by clicking here:

Watch Last Night’s Replay

  • Step 1: Register Now
  • Step 2: Pick auto-replay as “watch yesterday’s replay” OR a select a future scheduled replay before entering your name in the Registration form
  • Step 3: Enjoy!

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Saint Augustine pray for us!

Taylor Marshall

8 Reasons Why the Troops of Saint George may not be right for you:

Our cultural problems (same-sex unions, abortion, broken families, lack of priestly vocations, etc.) all come down to this: our culture lacks authentic Fatherhood (if you agree, keep reading). We need authentic Fatherhood in Holy Matrimony. We need authentic spiritual Fatherhood in the Catholic priesthood.

Elephants and Teenaged Men

Several years ago, biologists at the Kruger National Park attempted to relocate young adolescent male elephants to another wildlife preserve. These young male elephants began to display neurotic behavior by violently killing the rhino population. The biologists then introduced fully mature adult male elephants into the heard.

The mature male elephants began to discipline and check the young males. With the re-introduction of adult males, the younger males mellowed and peace returned to the elephant population.

Biological Lesson: young adolescent males go crazy without the presence of mature males.

Multi-Generational Male Fraternitas

In May of 2013, when I founded the Troops of Saint George, I did not yet fully understand what God had planned for us. In the last two years, the Troops of Saint George has become (in my opinion) the single most important apostolate for fostering virtue among men.

In the years to come it will, by God’s grace, begin to introduce virtuous mature males into our churches and communities – with healthy families and vocations to the religious life and priesthood. Our goal is to support any young man from our ranks who enters the Seminary. We already have bishops who are supporting us and showing interest in our fraternal apostolate. We are growing and building tremendous steam.

What is TSG?

The Troops of Saint George is a fraternal organization in the Catholic tradition that is 100% male-led by Catholic priests, deacons, and lay men. Our goal is to foster the life of the seven virtues (theological and cardinal) in perfect conformity with the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Here’s a video to see what we’re all about. At minute 5:43 you’ll see one or our Holy Masses in an outdoor forest:

Being Politically Incorrect

We hold to a politically incorrect belief: Men are not culturally dispensable. Christian civilization requires that older men pass down their wisdom, virtue, and example to younger men. Young men are lost without their elders to train them.

…But We Are Not For Everyone

However, the Troops of Saint George is not for you if:

  1. You don’t want to kneel in the dirt with a hungry stomach while a Catholic priest celebrates Mass in the woods on an altar that you and a dozen other men just built.
  2. You want women to organize and do everything for you (ie, be mommied by your wife).
  3. You’re intimidated by cooking meat on fire and meals in iron skillets. (We encourage cooking and eating fish on Fridays.)
  4. You and your sons prefer video games and air conditioning to rock climbing, hiking, sailing, canoeing and adventure.
  5. Building a trebuchet with other men and their boys sounds uninteresting.
  6. Waking up at 6am to boil coffee on a campfire stresses you out.
  7. You want to waste your time with pointless meetings and lame arts-and-crafts projects. (Troops of Saint George has a “no silly arts and crafts” policy and we don’t emphasize meetings, but rather campouts and adventure trips instead.)
  8. You don’t want to make unforgettable memories with your sons.

As you see, we are fraternal, faithful to the Catholic Church, and ruggedly outdoors. Something virtuous and strong re-emerges in a man’s chest when he’s in the great outdoors. Don’t believe me? Just ask Teddy Roosevelet. He’s the guy riding across a river on the back of a moose below:

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When my three sons and I get home from a TSG campout, we are covered with dirt and soot. The boys have a few cuts and scrapes from knives and thorns – and we are all smiling.

Jude (9 years) brags to his mother about making a fire with only flint and his pocket knife. Gabriel (13 years) talks about the fish he caught, and Becket (6 years) talks tells mom about the stars. Meanwhile I had a great weekend joking around with men, organizing competitions, and whittlings sticks. And my wife gets to see her man smoky, scruffy, and wild (Guys: your wife needs to see you looking like self-dependent survivalist every once in awhile – you’ll thank me later).

Every excursion is a great time with great men…and we didn’t miss Holy Mass on Sunday. In fact, our Catholic pastor was out there with us playing football in the field and sitting around the campfire for dinner – because he supports us!

  1. Find A TSG Troop Near You: So if you’re interested, you need to join your local Troop of Saint George in your city (click here for map of our TSG Troops).
  2. Start Your Own TSG Troop: If your region does not already have a TSG Troop, you (yes you, manly man) need take the lead by starting a Troop (click here to start a Troop in your town).
  3. How to Get Started: Every Troop of Saint George requires a Catholic Priest and a Catholic Captain (male leader approved by the priest with Safe Environment certification) and a formal application TSG Charter document that you can find here at our Troops of Saint George website.

We have a great team in place to help you start your own local Troop of Saint George. We’re here to help you. Please click here and enter your email address to begin the TSG Troop Application process.

We can guarantee that you will grow in virtue, meet great men, meet great priests, and rediscover the outdoors. If you do end up riding a moose across a river (as in photo above), please send it to us so that we can include in our next brochure!

Saint George, pray for us,
Taylor Marshall
Founder of the Troops of Saint George

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