Young Voices: As a Catholic newlywed, there are three concerns I would have mention if Pope Francis had invited me to address the synod on the family.
Young Voices: I grew up with movies like "The Sound of Music" in which the Catholic church was the hero. Now, the church is more easily portrayed as the villain.
Young Voices: If our faith is to have any significance, it must leave space for people coming with viewpoints, experiences and questions across the ideological spectrum.
I am a patriot. In the words of my father, "You could be the president of the United States!" He was so proud to tell me that when I was in high school considering my college options -- West Point, Santa Clara, UC Santa Barbara.
I was born in the United States to an immigrant couple. Their dream for my "better" life was realized in his simple excitement. "You could be the president of the United States!"
Young Voices: My question as a young adult Catholic is, How do I balance the tension between planning a responsible future while acting in a socially just way?
Young Voices: While today's graying parishes have become subject to intense debate, we frequently miss how it is precisely young people's spiritual hunger that leads many away.
Young Voices: Although seven centuries have passed, St. Clare of Assisi continues to be revered for her piety and poverty, but what about her pen?
Young Voices: At their best, Christians are caught up in a love story meant to break down walls. At their worst, practitioners use religion to demean and divide.
I fell madly in love with El Salvador 20 years ago. I suppose the conditions were perfect -- two years after the peace accords; a connection with the humanity of the hospitable and organized community of Las Vueltas; encouragement from a trusted teacher to examine my own privilege and opportunity as a U.S. citizen to incite change; and midway through a transition myself. This 17-year-old kid was looking for the next step, the new frontier, and I wanted to commit myself to a just relationship.