the simple grace of loving

Poet Christian Wiman: "There are other moments, too, which are simply moments of life. Simply! I think of the poet Paul Eluard: "There is another world, but it is in this one." I have 3-year-old twin daughters. It would be disingenuous in the extreme for me to pretend that they don't at times drive all thought of God... Continue Reading →

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laying down lines towards the unexplored country

Charlotte Mason: "Just as it is on the whole easier for the locomotive to pursue its way on the rails than to take a disastrous run off them, so it is easier for the child to follow lines of habit carefully laid down than to run off these lines at his peril. It follows that... Continue Reading →

to illustrate incomparable mercy

John Cassian (360 - 435): "And if we may illustrate the incomparable mercy of our Creator from something earthly, not as being equal in kindness but an illustration of mercy: if a tender and anxious nurse carries an infant in her bosom for a long time in order sometime to teach it to walk, and... Continue Reading →

The Witness of Bearing Children

Peter Berger explaining his hypothesis as to why religious people have more children than secular people (here): For a believing Jew, Christian or Muslim, the future of the world, his own future, and that of his children lies in the hands of a compassionate God. Every mother, of any faith or of no faith at... Continue Reading →

Afraid of the Clown

From the question and answer section of "Your Three Year Old: Friend or Enemy", a book for parents published in 1976: The Letter: Dear Doctors: I have a problem of fear in a usually fearless boy who is just Three. When he was about a year old we gave him a clown that rolls back... Continue Reading →

Remorseless sociopaths

From The Onion, of course: MINNEAPOLIS—A study published Monday in The Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry has concluded that an estimated 98 percent of children under the age of 10 are remorseless sociopaths with little regard for anything other than their own egocentric interests and pleasures. According to Dr. Leonard Mateo, a developmental psychologist... Continue Reading →

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