July 30, 2012 10:42pm

                                 St. George Catholic Books and Gifts is now carrying my titles at their location in Blaine, MN and online, along with the bookstore at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, MN. They also have a magnificent selection of religious art, especially Catholic and Orthodox icons. They are locally and faithfully owned, dedicated to the work of building Catholic culture. … [Read more...]

July 29, 2012 7:41pm

My wife’s favorite cake: fruit pizza. Happy 30th, Anne! (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

July 28, 2012 5:15pm

Possessive individualism has thoroughly routed civic republicanism; hucksterism has vanquished virtue; a mindless commitment to economic growth has rendered the ideals of simplicity, balance, and voluntary renunciation all but unintelligible as guides to public policy rather than merely to individual salvation. It is too late for a happy ending. George Scialabba, “Plutocratic Vistas,” in the Los Angeles Review of Books. … [Read more...]

July 26, 2012 1:06am

My son, Gabriel Luis Rocha, performing some of his improvisational compositions; inspired, so he tells me, by a computer game. … [Read more...]

Review of "The Longest Daycare"

My latest post at Formative Justice is a review of the Simpsons short film — The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare — that precedes Ice Age 4. I took the boys to see it today and found it provocative — and reminiscent of a sad, beautiful memory.                                    … [Read more...]

July 25, 2012 9:04am

Here is the lecture I gave yesterday at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota entitled “Liturgy as Mystagogy: Why We Must Dance to a Catholic Beat.” It follows the notes below:I. Preface My previous lecture’s principle argument—that the heart is fundamentally superior to the head, that Love is sufficient to being and becoming a human person—should primarily say something about beauty. I want to introduce today’s lecture by proposing the following relationship and order betwe … [Read more...]

July 24, 2012 7:50pm

For me, the fantastic was perfectly natural; I had no doubts at all. That’s the way things were. When I gave those kinds of books to my friends, they’d say, “But no, we prefer to read cowboy stories.” Cowboys were especially popular at the time. I didn’t understand that. I preferred the world of the supernatural, of the fantastic. Julio Cortázar, interviewed in the Paris Review. … [Read more...]

July 24, 2012 8:19am

The Art of Farewell; a powerful and beautiful short film about memory, love, life, and death. … [Read more...]

Respect for the Sanctity of Life Requires a Holistic, Catholic Approach

I am sometimes accused of holding positions that are so highly idiosyncratic, no one else could possibly share my view. This is, of course, a backhanded way of saying that I am simply ridiculous, without engaging my position. It is also untrue and dishonest disengagement posing as dialogue. Sadly, this often comes from those who have the most direct access to the only descriptive label I am willing to attach to my worldview: Catholic. Among Catholics, especially during election cycles, the q … [Read more...]

Guest Lecture Tomorrow

Tomorrow I will deliver my second guest lecture at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota, at 7 pm. This lecture—“Liturgy as Mystagogy: Why We Must Dance to a Catholic Beat—anticipates my forthcoming book (Liturgy as Mystagogy) and builds on my previous lecture on Augustine’s Confessions. Here is a draft of the outline for the talk.I. Introduction My previous lecture’s principle argument—that the heart is fundamentally superior to the head, that Lov … [Read more...]


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