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.
Young Voices: The plight of the young refugees crossing the border gets tied up with the immigration debate, and the discussion about the humanitarian crisis at hand gets lost.
Young Voices: Gender-based violence threatens us all. We each hold the challenge and possibility of a new chapter in our human story. So too does our church.
Young Voices: Most Knights of Columbus members are led to believe the organization's charitable dollars are going to charity, not political causes. Yet the numbers say otherwise.
A study out last month named Pope Francis as the most influential world leader on Twitter for the second year in a row.
Young Voices: America frustrates, saddens and inspires me in so many ways. Yet I still can't help but cheer for the U.S. team.
Young Voices: It is not as though I am without topics that would be compelling enough to cover. But sometimes it's all right to say nothing.
The school I have the privilege of working for found itself in the middle of upsetting and uncomfortable debates concerning our teacher contracts and our relationship with the Oakland, Calif., diocese. So many good people have been a part of this inherent tension personified in the Roman Catholic church.
Young Voices: When a Catholic university honors a controversial figure, its students have the right to protest. It's their job as Catholics.
Young Voices: The 21st-century American girl finds herself drowning in a toxic, hypersexualized teen media culture. Too many have never been taught to swim.