Aug 3, 2012 3:47pm

Bugler smoke, Parker pen, moleskine. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Aug 2, 2012 9:58pm

The four electric amigos. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Mysterium: building Catholic culture through the arts

During the Fall of 2004, I played a small coffeshop gig at Franciscan University: my opening act was the newly-arrived freshman singer-songwriter, Kevin Heider. He was good. Real good. Fresh, witty, but not annoying. Not the usual guy-with-a-guitar-and-a-song fare. Now, with some friends, he’s up to some great work with Mysterium, a collective of Catholic artists. I just supported their Kickstarter project for their new live studio album — The Glory Collective, Shine — and you … [Read more...]

July 31, 2012 7:53am

From the bottom of my heart it is all the same to me what the professional philosophers of today think of me; for it is not for them that I am writing. Ludwig Wittgenstein, taken from The Duty of Genius (by Ray Monk). It is one of two epigraphs to A Primer for Philosophy and Education, a book I am piloting this fall at the University of North Dakota. … [Read more...]

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 between … [Read more...]