THE CABIN AT JOSHUA TREE

APRICOT MALLOW

Recently I stayed at the Joshua Tree cabin of my friends from the Echo Park Film Center. There are three elements in the desert. Fire. Water. Cell reception. In Wood of the Cradle, Wood of the Cross, Caryll Houselander, lover of traumatized children and one of my most treasured spiritual companions, observes: “It is the […]

TEACHING THE CHILDREN: THE CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD

SOFIA CAVALLETTI

Sofia Cavalletti (1917-2011), co-foundress of the Cathechesis of the Good Shepherd, developed a three-level, nine-year method of religious education for children based on Montessori principles. A native of Rome and a Hebrew scholar, she had neither background nor interest in children’s education. But asked by a colleague in 1954 to teach a religion class to […]