Young Voices: Reports of the death of any tradition are likely exaggerated. Still, I wonder what the church might do if its formal membership drops below a critical point.
Young Voices: I guess you can say we are still waiting for the coming of Christ, even when we have experiences of hope in the limited experiences we have now.
Young Voices: Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation released last week reads like a love letter meant to add spark to a church relationship that's been sorely wounded.
Young Voices: Holidays are hard. There aren't a lot of Hallmark cards that say that. You won't find a lot of people willing to admit it, but for many, it's true.
Young Voices: Our obligation to engage serious art isn't precisely to evangelize or to make newcomers more comfortable. The obligation is for us.
Young Voices: My second-grade teacher picked me to play Zaccheus. It was the first time I distinctly remember participating in Mass.
Young Voices: One woman spent months traveling the world, learning about the food men and women religious at monasteries make.
I don't drink. Reactions to learning this from friends or acquaintances vary, but they're ordinarily quite dramatic. I suppose I can't begrudge folks their curiosity: We have loaded the decision to opt out with a variety of high-magnitude significances, from health or temperance to addiction and solidarity. None easily apply for me.
Young Voices: I never thought I would want to thank the person who burglarized my apartment building. This summer, I wish I had.
Young Voices: Church leaders hope the secular world can learn from the values of the religious traditions. But sometimes, we need to look past them to find the true lessons.