December 6, 2013

Commonweal December 6, 2013
Date: 
Friday, December 6, 2013
Volume: 
140
Number: 
19

O Holy Fight

In my neighborhood, the war on Christmas began on Halloween, when an email proposing a December “holiday party” was sent.

'Not All Religious Learning Happens Explicitly'

The spirituality at the heart of each child cries out to be nourished; helping children develop their sense of wonder through play will go far in this regard.

'Be Who You Are and Be That Well'

Our backgrounds were different, but our Catholic identity ran deep, with Irish-Catholic roots spreading in almost every direction.

'Learning Humility, Learning Patience'

Every poll shows the nonreligiously affiliated—now called “nones”—increasing in number. That number includes all my grown children. But it wasn’t always this way.

Married Priests

Any discussion of the relationship between celibacy and priesthood needs to distinguish between three different “logics” that have governed the practice of celibacy.

An Everyday Nightmare

In this film slavery creates a hell in which everyone burns—blacks and whites, men and women, victims and victimizers, the well-intentioned and the malevolent.

Rethinking Catholic Schools

At a time when most schools are serving larger geographic areas, it might be a good idea to take a look at how dioceses structure their educational systems.

Accidental Selections

The books I’m recommending here I more or less bumped into by accident, usually when some reviewer or author of a memoir took the trouble to cite something good.

The Pleasure of Reading, Rediscovered

One of the frustrations of academic research is that the distinction between reading for work and reading for leisure becomes blurred.

Earning Their Place

Tempted as I am to recommend those I give as presents year after year, I’ll offer instead some very recent books that have already earned a home on our bookshelf.

Getting It Wrong to Get It Right

No one says growing up is easy, and four novels I’ve read this year reiterate just how challenging the journey from youth (or youthfulness) to maturity can be.

'Thoughts about Possible Thoughts'

Philosophical flights, lyrical poetry, and a graphic memoir of bipolar disorder are some of the reads topping my list.