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May 03, 2017
BOOK RELEASE: Tell Them Something Beautiful by Sam Rocha
I am thrilled to announce the release of my book of essays, Tell Them Something...
July 04, 2014
A House is Not a Home: Domestic Church and the Art of Homemaking
This is part of the Patheos Catholic summer symposium, anticipating the Church's "Synod for the Family"...
May 30, 2014
Now THIS is News: Nicea 2025? UPDATED
I don't fancy myself a journalist or a reporter and I am not one to...
April 09, 2014
“No Exit Catholicism” at Ethika Politika
I've been considering the role of more indirect and oblique routes in building a sense...
March 21, 2014
Don’t Miss “The Image of God,” Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, in Portland, OR, two of my great loves — Terrence Malick's masterpiece, The Tree...
February 25, 2014
How to (Not) Destroy Catholic Art
Catholic art is destroyed at the exact point in which it becomes necessary to...
December 24, 2013
A Very Merry and Blessed Christmas to All!
December 01, 2013
The Educational Significance of Advent
Liturgy is mystogogical. In other words, one role of liturgy is to teach and form...
May 12, 2013
The Womb of Love: A Womanist Manifesto
The Ascension is a soft-spoken Catholic feast about dwelling in a prolonged and reoccurring Advent....
March 31, 2013
“Google Nose” Smells Funny and Familiar: A Sun Blemish
People got offended by Google's choice to feature a sketch of Cesar Chavez today, Easter...
March 31, 2013
Polish Easter Easter Ether Eastern East Feast Feast Feast, Feast Feast Feast Polish Sausage, Aleluja!
February 13, 2013
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down
My dear friend’s dog, Remus, is dying of cancer. Remus is a beautiful greyhound who...
January 14, 2013
In Praise of Cigarettes
I begin with a generous pinch of finely cut tobacco, cradled inside a creased, rectangular...
January 09, 2013
A Moving Interlude of Sand Animation
It is the first week of classes for the spring semester. Cold. It is also...
December 30, 2012
The Holy Family: A Portrait of Humility**
On today's Feast of the Holy Family we hear a story about parents losing their...
December 26, 2012
The Sacred Excess of Christmas
Dear Fellow Catholics, Merry Christmas! Cristus natus est! It's party time. A time to feast and...
December 12, 2012
The Politics of Guadalupe
In loving memory of Fr. Sam Homsey C.PP.S. (1910 - 2004) As a teenager, I...
December 07, 2012
Not Good Friday or Holy Saturday Dark, yes, but no suspense Pregnant, not sad No...
December 03, 2012
Haw Wins: Pagan Christianity and the New Apologetics
In my recent reflection on James Wellman's book on Rob Bell, I tried to steer...
November 19, 2012
The Beauty and Sufficiency of Catholic Liturgy
Over the past year I've been writing a short book: Liturgy as Mystagogy: An Introduction to...
November 18, 2012
Dear Fellow Catholics, It’s NOT Christmas
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I can hardly believe I'm writing this. It's embarrassing...
November 13, 2012
Bilingual Mass Never Quite Jives For Me: A Note on Translation
Yesterday's Spanish debut was a direct response to posts, on Facebook and Twitter, covering the...
November 01, 2012
Tim Tebow and Camilla Belle: Star-Crossed Lovers?
Three years ago, while writing at Vox Nova, I noted the fierce anti-Catholicism of Tim...
October 25, 2012
Mary in the Moon
An apparition: Egg-shaped moon, Haloed, with soft, cloud-prism edges Dissipate; alone now. Resplendent shining white,...
October 22, 2012
“Don Juan as Moralist,” a talk by David Bentley Hart
Last week's posts (here and here) on the profane, gangstas, and the New Evangelization evoked...
October 18, 2012
My Man Luke!
Today is the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist. I've always been most partial to...
October 15, 2012
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Hail Mary. Full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women....
October 14, 2012
Vote Local, Not Loco: Subsidiarity and Voting
Politics makes us crazy. As true as it may be, the statement should be qualified....
October 11, 2012
Faith and Food
Happy Year of Faith, everyone! On Monday, I think I raised some eyebrows when I...
October 09, 2012
Martha and Mary on Anxiety
I've always considered the story of Martha and Mary as being about the two paths of...
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