In and Of the World

Molly Jo Rose is a wife, mother, writer, and professor living in the Midwest who is interested in what it means to be a modern Catholic. John 17:14–19 is where we get the directive to live in the world and not of it, but arguably that phrase has given us license to be isolationist in our faith practice. If we truly want to be universal in our Catholicism, we have to embrace the world and search for God in its darkest corners. God made the world and saw it was good. This blog argues that maybe we should, too.

Dorothy Day, in all her prickly, unpleasant, and saintly ways, is Molly’s hero.

It’s OK if kids play church
June 14, 2018

How can I keep them singing?
May 14, 2018

When will we learn?
March 12, 2018

How to add empathy to your library
February 16, 2018

Nostalgia: The past in present tense
January 24,2018

25 days of Advent in action
November 30, 2017

In the college classroom, belief should be open for discussion
November 13, 2017

Mass is boring when you’re 8
October 16, 2017

The way my son plays
September 25, 2017

Celebrate the gifts of this hour
August 8, 2017

Protect us from all anxiety
July 10, 2017

Break your technology addiction this summer
June 5, 2017

Do Catholics have to name their babies after saints?
May 8, 2017

Eight gift ideas for first communion
March 17, 2017

I am pro-woman and pro-life
February 6, 2017

Fidelity and forgiveness in pop culture
January 6, 2017

When to talk politics with your kids
December 5, 2016

The good and bad of the ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival
December 1, 2016

Moms need other moms
November 7. 2016

What happens when we don’t talk about miscarriage
October 10, 2016

Life is fullest before the 25th hour
September 1, 2016

The real value of garage sales
August 8. 2016

Is it ever okay to ignore the news?
July 18, 2016

Smile more with Pope Francis
June 6, 2016

The gift of boredom
May 9, 2016

The case for maiden names
April 11, 2016

Digging up our roots
March 7, 2016

A plea for free-range parenting
February 16, 2016

When I grow up, I want to be a saint
January 14, 2016

How to do Christmas right for kids
December 9, 2015