Hope is the word I’m clinging to during this Lent.
My attempts to modify others’ behavior during the six weeks before Easter haven’t really been any more effective than my mother’s were.
Sexuality and gender seem unique in their capacity to elicit terror in adults and embarrassment in children.
How will you begin your Lenten season? Miriam McKenney talks to her teens about their Lenten disciplines and reflects on the importance of taking children to Ash Wednesday worship. When we honor and face death, we prepare ourselves to be welcomed in to new life in Jesus.
My daughter told me, “For you being a priest, we aren’t the most religious family.” Is that because our faith is practical and immersive?
Our families show us God in everyday life. Recognizing these moments is critical for our faith and the faith of our children.
In Saul I recognize the passionate energy of my own boys and many other children I’ve worked with over the years.
Participation in Lent Madness can be turned into a family ritual, like lighting the Advent Wreath at dinnertime or saying bedtime prayers together.
We want to give our children the world! So often what we end up giving them is continued complicity in the world’s model of desire and scarcity. Our faith teaches something better.
Our children have been receiving the Eucharist since Baptism—and yet they still need instruction in what that means.