Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

When I teach the gospels to my seventh graders, we often make lists of the things that make each gospel distinct. For example, Matthew uses the literary form of midrash to show numerous connections between Jesus and the Old Testament promises God had made to the Israelites. Mark is the shortest gospel, and also all …

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Happy feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! A few years ago, I came across an image that I fell in love with. It depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe, not as she usually is shown, but in profile in front of an open window. A starry night sky sparkles over a dark desert. Mary is kneeling, …

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A few years ago I was able to attend the yearly conference of the National Catholic Educators Association with a coworker.  After a very eventful series of flights, we arrived in New Orleans exhausted, hot, and without my coworker’s luggage.  We had missed the first day of the conference, which was disappointing, but we hit …

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