Young Voices: Over the past 30 years, I have conducted my own informal investigation of women religious in the United States. My results include four key findings.
Young Voices: How do we hold our crosses with dignity while acknowledging them for the burdens they are? How do we remain truthful when times are dark?
Young Voices: I was moved to witness God's inspiration and work in the lives of even younger voices at the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.
Young Voices: It is easier not to tell strangers that I study theology. But a reality check is sometimes in order.
Young Voices: After more than 20 hours of embroidery, a gift from a group of girls and women will head to Rome with their hopes and wishes.
Young Voices: A sainthood that lacks representation of families demonstrates a church structure that views the laity as devoid of saintliness.
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!"