“Papa, if God wants to bring us peace and light, why did he help the Israelites destroy a city and kill people?”

Wiki: James Tissot, "The Taking of Jericho"

I don’t always allow my daughter, who is seven, to read during church service. Technically, it’s Mass, as we are Roman Catholic. But I grew up in an Evangelical charismatic church, and sometimes it still feels funny to use the “M” word. Mass is a one-hour period each week during which I want my daughter, [Read More...]

Holy Parents, Not Rabbits and Colonizers

By Timothy Villareal Discussing the Catholic Church’s prohibition on artificial contraception and its promotion of Natural Family Planning (NFP) on his return flight from the Phillipines, Pope Francis told reporters, “Some people think — excuse me for saying this — that to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits.” Well, I have an [Read More...]

What Children Need To Thrive: A Review of “Their Name Is Today”

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Johann Christoph Arnold’s Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World crossed my desk at an interesting moment in my life as an educator: I am a college professor and, recently, became the mother to twin boys. In other words: I am learning to “mother” on both ends of the spectrum of “childhood”—from the [Read More...]


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