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The roots of ‘May the Force be with you’

The well-known Star Wars phrase “May the Force be with you” is modelled on the biblical phrase “The Lord be with you”, first found in the Book of Ruth, wrote Philip Kosloski at Aleteia.org.

“George Lucas was raised in a Methodist family and may have heard the phrase there, or while attending other Christian services, he wrote. “Star Wars producer Gary Kurtz confirmed in the book How Star Wars Conquered the Universe that the phrase was intentionally evocative of the blessing.”

“In the end, the Jedi in the Star Wars universe use ‘May the Force be with you’ in a very similar way to how the Jews and early Christians used the phrase ‘The Lord be with you.’ This was no coincidence and it should remind us how Christianity’s influence can be found in the unlikeliest of places,” Kosloski said.

The first Romani woman beatified

Emilia Fernández Rodríguez, a pregnant woman who found her faith in a Spanish prison, refused to give up the name of her Christian catechist to her persecutors, and died for lack of medical care was beatified last Saturday.

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