Emilie Haertsch writes memoir and essays about culture, politics, religion, motherhood, and books. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College and has been published in Brevity, the Huffington Post, Cognoscenti, Distillations, Lady Science, and more.

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How Can I Raise My Child Catholic?

by Emilie Haertsch 08-30-2018

A statuette of the Virgin Mary is seen inside of a house in front of Charles Borromeo Parish church, formerly St. Joseph in Ashland, Penn. Aug. 17, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Pope Francis concluded his recent trip to Ireland with a Mass at the World Meeting of Families, during which he called on families to “become a source of encouragement for others.” What sort of encouragement does he envision, I wonder.