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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).

Irish Monks

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At the end of Force Awakens and at the beginning of Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker inhabits what is believed to be the “First Jedi Temple.” His physical surroundings were filmed at a real-life monastery atop an island off the coast of Ireland. The monks of Ireland were very similar to Jedi Knights and shared parts of the Jedi’s spirituality.

They also thought of themselves as “spiritual warriors” who were on the frontline of a spiritual battle. However, instead of going out into the world like the Jesuits, they retreated from the world to battle the demons within (and without).

These Irish monks were also known to “pray without ceasing,” in similar ways to the warrior monk Chirrut Îmwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Read more: On Star Wars and ‘The Last Monks of Skellig Michael’

Read more: The surprising spiritual connection between a desert in Jordan and Star Wars

Read more: The Christian phrase behind the Star Wars greeting #maythe4thbewithyou

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