Bringing the Text to Life
AT A GLANCE:
Any discussion with parents about how to discipline children is bound to be lively. Parents are extremely creative when it comes to discipline. One old standby, however, is “timeout.” This tool is not supposed to be a punishment, but an opportunity for the child to calm down. Today we look at the entire text of Psalm 78, and it reads like Crime and Punishment.
For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Jesus — a Tiger Parent?” September 25, 2011.
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