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5 Religious who look (and act) like Jedi Knights


Luke Skywalker is obviously a Franciscan (but could also be a Carmelite or a Jesuit).


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On the outside the Jesuits don’t have any particular resemblance to traditional Jedi Knight robes. On the other hand, Luke Skywalker’s appearance in Return of the Jedi is very similar to the “black robes” of the Jesuits.

Spiritually speaking the Jesuits have much in common with the Jedi. For example, St. Ignatius of Loyola teaches about the “Two Standards,” an exercise in which the soul pictures itself on a battlefield, seeing the standard (or flag) of Christ and the standard of Satan. The soul must make a choice between these two standards and choose which master he wants to serve. In essence, the soul must chose between the Light Side and the Dark Side.

Another point of similarity is St. Ignatius’ concept of being a “soldier of Christ.” The Jesuits were even called the “foot -soldiers of Christ,” for their strong desire to go out to all the world and win souls for Christ. They are true “spiritual warriors” going out to save the world from the influence of the Dark Side.

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