Urban Mystic: The Video for the 19th anniversary of the LA riots

On this day in 1992, four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted of the beating of Rodney King and Los Angeles erupted in rioting. The beating of King, which had been video tapped, the trial and acquittal were seminal events in the history of race relations in this country.Last year I interviewed the Rev. Scott D. Young about his annual pilgrimage to the site of the flash point of the civil unrest following the acquittal of the police officers in the Rodney King … [Read more...]

Feeling comfort from the cross for the first time

There are some things you should know about me and Jesus.I was twelve years old in 1964. On Good Friday of that year, I was just about ready to set out on my bike for the services at St. Rita’s Church when my mother mentioned in passing that Jesus wasn’t Catholic. What a shock!If Jesus wasn’t Catholic, then why all the fuss about having Protestant friends? And why hadn’t anyone told me before that he was Jewish?I felt like I had been scammed and now I’d have to recalibrate everything I knew … [Read more...]

How to communicate: babies teach the way

My sister posted these on Facebook and I could not resist sharing them with you! Look at the body language, facial expression, voice tone, laughter. What are they talking about? … [Read more...]

“Death of the Critic” Panel April 2, 2011, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena

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Waiting for Superman – DVD release today

I am reposting my review ... the DVD came out today. REally too bad it was not nominated for an Oscar. One of the most important films of the year - the decade.'Waiting for Superman'by Sr. Rose PacatteDavis Guggenheim got the idea for Waiting for “Superman” one day as he drove his kids to an expensive private school. He passed a downtrodden public school and wondered about kids who didn't have a choice. The film's concept was formulated in early 2008 and Waiting for “Superman" screened at t … [Read more...]

Hollywood rips off Shakespeare: Henry V & Independence Day

Today a friend posted Kenneth Branagh's St Crispan's Day Speech from Henry V  on Facebook and I was reminded of one of Hollywood's great rip offs of Shakespeare. Listen, compare it with Bill Pullman's Independence Day speech from the film ... enjoy! True, it's old news, but a good example of extreme intertextuality!  President's Speech Independence Day … [Read more...]

The Twilight Saga: Basically a love story

For a film essay by Sr. Hosea Rupprecht and I, visit The Tidings or a slightly different version at Arkansas Catholic. … [Read more...]

AMISH GRACE highest rated LMN event ever: more than 4 million viewers

AMISH GRACE was viewed by more than 4 million viewers yesterday making it the highest rated Lifetime movie premiere ever. It won all demographics (meaning more than women).AMISH GRACE will air again this Thursday and Saturday: check local listings.For those asking about the DVD, it is in the works (this was planned from the beginning; will post the release date when it is available.) … [Read more...]

Avatar: Riffing with Myth

Avatar: Riffing with MythBy Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP“People can say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that what’s we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances within out innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alone. That’s what it’s all finally about, and that’s what these clues (myths) help us to find within o … [Read more...]

Stuff White People Like – review? commentary? Both?

Click here for my review and/or commentary on this book....Stuff White People Like … [Read more...]


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