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The Slap

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Sitting on a park bench… I saw a woman slap her child tonight. The offense was hitting another child. I watched the little girl take it. What else was she supposed to do? Before I could react… They were gone. Peace seems impossible. You can’t teach a child not to hit by hitting.

When Texas Descends into Hell: The Vulnerability of Scott Panetti

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  On October 30, I woke up and walked into the bedroom of our three young children.  Our oldest children are twin boys.  Their little bodies were contorted around stuffed animals and producing loud snores.  I watched them sleep for a little while.  The room was still dark.  I walked further in.  Our youngest was […]

Let the Children Come to Me: Words Upon Arrival at an Immigration Action in Washington, D.C.

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  There is a child crying nearby and we ignore it.  The louder the cries of the child become the more we cover our ears.  The crying grows louder and louder until it reaches a desperate scream yet still we refuse to be moved.  Then the cry goes silent.  This is the story of our […]

Somebody’s Child is always God’s Child

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I don’t know if Richard Martinez is a person of faith.  I only know that Martinez has had a profound impact on my faith.  From his bold denouncement of a political culture that simply will not limit access to guns after his son Christopher was killed at the University of California, Santa Barbara to his […]

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