What’s Good About Limits?

What’s Good About Limits?

This post continues a series of adult reflections on our children’s curriculum, The Body Matters.   One of our most thought-provoking books is “The Body is God’s Design” for third graders. It was originally called “The Body is Limited for Love” but the idea of limits...
Friendships and the Body

Friendships and the Body

This post begins a series of adult reflections on TOBET’s The Body Matters children’s theology of the body curriculum. Our staff was already educated in theology of the body and Catholic studies when we began, but writing these books has been a discovery for all of...
“Future Human”? Please, No

“Future Human”? Please, No

This blurb came into my mailbox recently, from a blog called “Future Human”: “The life-changing forces of technology and globalization are re-inventing what it means to be human. Three-person babies. Extreme biohacking. Outposts on Mars. Sex robots. The union of man...
Age of Profanity?

Age of Profanity?

Profanity on primetime TV increased 69% from 2005 to 2010. And that’s just the major networks, never mind cable. I would have to assume that, by 2018, they’ve given up counting. So it’s not just my advancing age or sensitivity.  We really are living in an Age of...
Painted Churches, and the Body

Painted Churches, and the Body

Last week, I toured the “Painted Churches” of south Texas for a solid week. A pilgrimage route called “El Camino de Lavaca” has been established that includes most of the Catholic churches (painted or not) in four counties located in the Austin/Houston/San Antonio...
To Whom Do You Bow?

To Whom Do You Bow?

Our TOBET staff just came home from a presentation to school teachers in a vibrant, faithful Catholic diocese. They were very impressed with the reverent behavior of those who received the Eucharist at Mass. They were even more impressed with those who went up to the...
Content by Consent?

Content by Consent?

Dayspring Brock is our newest TOBET blogger!  Today she blogs about a hot topic on college campuses and in the public square, the idea of consent in sexual ethics.   Most sex education programs approach sexual ethics like this: the goal is to reduce risky behavior and...
The Tempest and Hope

The Tempest and Hope

No one would argue, it’s been the season for natural disasters.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Katia struck like balls in a batting cage, wham, wham, wham.  In the middle of that ferocious fortnight, Mexico suffered a gigantic earthquake. (For perspective, the San...