The One Best Thing

The One Best Thing

The cover of our book, The Body and Holy Mass What is THE one, best thing any one of us can do for our children? It’s a gift that will never wear out or depreciate in value, never be donated to Goodwill, eaten by moths, or stolen from a vault. THE ONE BEST THING. It...
The Serious Business of Heaven

The Serious Business of Heaven

When you consider a new recipe, you look at the picture of the finished dish.  When you plan a vacation, you look at the photos of the hotel rooms before you book. When you interview for a new job, you meet your prospective co-workers, and ask yourself, “Would I fit...
The Battle for Our Hearts

The Battle for Our Hearts

We are at war.  You are at war. The war is inside our hearts. If you are the sort of Catholic who subscribes to this blog, you already know this. But many don’t. And strangely, it is important that we tell them, especially the young people. They can’t effectively...
Sense of the Sacred

Sense of the Sacred

We are terribly proud of our team at TOBET: the brilliant writers, editors, and designers who have produced the full K through Grade 8 Theology of the Body curriculum, The Body Matters.    Partial portfolio of The Body Matters After the painstaking (and sometimes...
The Body Tells a Story

The Body Tells a Story

This post continues a series of adult reflections on the children’s books that comprise our Theology of the Body curriculum for children, called “The Body Matters.” In 2012, I walked the Camino de Santiago, an ancient 500-mile trek from the border of France, to the...
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...