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Children and God

Robert Coles, Diane Komp, and Carol Dittberner

Children and God

Maria Montessori, the great 20th-century educational pioneer, observed that children have an intuition for religious life at an early age that is matched only by their capacity to acquire language. During this holiday season, Speaking of Faith explores the spiritual wisdom and intelligence of children—including their ability to process the difficult realities of life.

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  • Robert Coles

    Robert Coles

    is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at Harvard Medical School. He's the author of many books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning series Children of Crisis and The Moral Intelligence of Children and The Spiritual Intelligence of Children.

  • Diane Komp

    Diane Komp

    is a retired Yale pediatric oncologist and author of several books, including Window to Heaven: When Children See Life in Death.

  • Carol Dittberner

    Carol Dittberner

    is an international trainer in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and director of religious education at St. Frances Cabrini.