Rod Dreher's Diary

Rod Dreher
A portmanteau of culture, religion, books, and ideas
Created 30 Oct 2020
  • A Child's Burned Hand
    08 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 34 15
    I hadn’t expected to write again so soon, but I want to share some good news I saw today at the liturgy. I’ve mentioned here in the recent past that we have seen in the last couple of months a group o...
  • Goodbye Little Red House
    07 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 100 24
    Me and my mom outside my grandmother’s house in 1972. I don’t have a single photo of my own childhood home I was wondering just now for how long I’ve been writing this Substack. Turns out that I hit t...
  • The Maccabee Of Silicon Valley
    04 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Isaac Weitzhandler, author of ‘Houllebecq In The Valley” (unpublished) Busy week. Got in last evening from the National Conservatism conference in Orlando, and didn’t stay up too long before hitting t...
  • Weekend In Sacramento
    31 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hello everyone, I’m coming to you today from Sacramento. I spent this weekend in northern California giving a workshop about The Benedict Option and Live Not By Lies, hosted by the good folks at Epicl...
  • Fred's Birthday Party
    26 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    I’m going to share this with my blog readers, but I wanted to share it with y’all first. See that main in the red gingham? That’s S. Frederick Starr, a jazz musician, historian, former college preside...
  • Life Goes On
    22 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Marco and Federica Sermarini It is not easy for me to write about my friend Marco Sermarini, especially not these days, without getting tears in my eyes. He is my hero. He really is! I don’t know anyb...
  • Sacred Time
    22 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Good Friday in my Orthodox parish in Baton Rouge If you’ve read The Benedict Option, you might recall my citing the work of the late English anthropologist Paul Connerton, who, in his dense but powerf...
  • Mircea Eliade On Temples
    20 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    That’s a screenshot from a short video Father Daniel Scheidt, an American Catholic priest, sent to me today from the inside of the 12th century chapel built around the miracle of Montesiepi: the sword...
  • The Sign Through Luca Daum's Hand
    18 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Altar servers in my parish. Golden vestments signify the presence of God What a great past few days I had. I was in suburban Chicago at the annual Touchstone magazine conference. If you don’t know Tou...
  • October 13
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, the seers of Fatima (1917) Many of you readers know this story, I bet. But I’m going to tell it again here because it reveals why I am so interested in the Transcendent,...
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