Just recorded this adorable video of my four year old daughter, Maria, doing an Irish jig. If you’re wondering, that is me playing the accordion in the background. To make it more interesting, I filmed it in the style of a Michael Bay film. I hope you enjoy.
First of all, thanks to all of you who reached out to me over the past month saying you missed the blog. I missed it, too! But I needed a break both to clear my head and re-work the entire site.
Do you like it? My gratitude to WordPress.com for making such a user-friendly blog/web-page. My previous webpage was hosted by Mac and created on iWeb. But Mac is shutting down it’s web hosting and it’s clear they’re not committed to the iWeb program (no updates in two years, no promise of a new version.) So I was forced to go elsewhere…
Glad I did. The ease of this page means it’s easier for me to blog without worrying about a lot of technical hassle. Previously, I found it difficult to publish blogs on the road. Now I can do it through my iPad!
But aside from the tech stuff, I’m most excited about the new direction of this blog. My previous blog was titled, “For the Love of God.” I focused my writing on things that would draw the reader deeper into God’s love. But this blog is about the intersection between Catholicism and culture. Of course, I’ll keep writing about God’s love. But I also want to show where God’s love can be found in the midst of popular culture.
One of my favorite lines from Vatican II came from a document called Ad Gentes. It was about the missionary activity of the Church. And it said that a missionary must live within the culture so they may “lay bare the seeds of the Word of God that lie hidden among their fellows.” (Ad Gentes 11)
Isn’t that cool? It’s easy to critique culture and assume the world is going to hell. But the real challenge is to find God within culture and lift that up for all to see. God is not somewhere else—God is HERE!
So that’s my hope for this blog, to reveal God in our midst. Of course, I’ll keep posting stupid stuff as well 🙂
My other big hope for this blog is that it would be a conversation. iWeb didn’t handle comments well, but WordPress thrives on it. I’d love to hear what you think about what I’m writing, and jump in frequently. I’ll try to leave some posts open ended so you can have your say as well.
So here’s what I’d like you to do. Post a comment right now. I guess I have to approve all first comments, but then it’s automatic. So say “hello” or “welcome back” and let me clear you so future comments can go right up as you type them. Also, if you could click around and let me know if anything doesn’t work, I’d really appreciate it.
My plan is to blog at least twice a week, though I’m not going to stick to “Monday/Thursday” like I did with my last blog ’cause I found that a bit too restrictive.
Thanks for reading this blog. It’s great to be back, and I really look forward to the conversation!
UPDATE: If you want to post a comment, click the grey “cartoon balloon” at the end of the title of this blog.
A teenager goes into Church and absentmindedly blesses himself with holy water when he hears a voice that asks, “Why did you do that?” Then the teen is taken on a journey where he discovers how important holy water (and Baptism) really is.
When Christ was on the cross… where was Simon Peter?
Between the Savior and the Sea tells the Gospel story through Simon Peter’s eyes. It not only brings to life the famous moments of the Gospels, it also goes where they are silent: What miracles occurred when Simon Peter and the other disciples were sent off two by two? How did he know that Jesus was the Christ? And what was he thinking when he denied him? Led to experience things beyond his wildest imagination, Simon Peter felt torn between being a fisherman and a “fisher of men,” caught between the Savior and the sea.
This book is available at Amazon.com (also available on Kindle and Nook.) Here are some kind things folks have said about it:
Carmelite Review: “Besides telling the Jesus story from the perspective of the Apostles, Bob Rice uses the Ignatian spiritual technique of filling out the Gospel scenes with lots of sensory content—the smell of the sea, the sound of a room full of sleeping disciples, etc., etc. Yes, besides being a good psychological writer, Bob Rice is a good descriptive writer… (the book) provides some food for thought, it uplifts the heart and mind, and it can lead us to prayer. And that’s a good thing.”
Catholic Nerd: “This book is an easy read and a page turner… it turns the Bible into a compelling story without being ‘preachy’ or feeling like you are being forced to learn.”
Creative Minority Report: “Rice’s book is a fictionalized history of Peter. It’s a weird genre that makes me nervous because it’s tough to get it right. But I gotta’ tell you I think ‘Between the Savior and the Sea’ is darn good. I found myself moved quite often. It’s faithful and insightful. It gave me much to consider.”
Curt Jester: “As a novel I found much of it to be a rich meditation and I really liked the interactions among the Apostles and the portrayal of the political environment of the time and the different groups. Some aspects of the Gospels such as the disciples going out to preach I haven’t thought too much about, but I enjoyed how this was shown.”
Dominic Bettinelli: “’Between the Savior and the Sea’ accomplishes what every work of Christian fiction should aspire to, namely that as I read it and when I was done I was brought closer to Christ, to His Church, and to His sacraments. At times, I was brought to the point of tears as I contemplated Christ’s love and His sacrifices.”
Thinking in Christ: “You could almost forget you are reading a 2000 year old story as you work your way through these pages… The stories come alive with emotion that you might have never imagined being there.”
Books and Pals: “Biblical scholars and different Christian denominations can’t agree on all the specifics. However, the big picture, I think Rice got. For believers or the curious who find reading the bible hard going, Between the Savior and the Sea is an excellent compromise. For those who have read The Bible, the new viewpoint and easier reading might be something you’d be interested in reading. For non-believers, decide for yourself.”
A teen is bored with how long the Palm Sunday liturgy is taking, but suddenly he finds himself being pulled back and forth from the liturgy to the moment of Christ’s passion.
Dance off! Bob challenges Fr. Leo to a dance competition and the artistry unfolds.
I wrote and performed this song with Chris Padgett for a youth ministers conference in Las Vegas in 2006. Little did I know the monster that we created! I’ve come to peace that, though I might record many CDs and publish many books, this song will be remembered as my greatest gift to the Church. You’re welcome.