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.
Summer is a quiet time in university life. The smarter among us run off to vacations and retreats while the rest of us board ourselves up to type and condense the work of the year. Foot traffic on campus slows down. Coffee shops close earlier. Even church has, in August, become slower: Our two services have pared down to one; our organist has taken her deserved vacation; and services have the prevailing feeling of continuance.
Young Voices: After a rewarding trip on the Camino, a tour of holy places throughout Europe created a deep experience of the Trinity.
"If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
Who am I to judge? Those five words rocked the world Monday because, well, they were spoken by the pope. By now, there have been countless reports and analyses on the statement. Many applauded the Holy Father while some were quick to downplay the significance. But none revealed the true source of the pope's tonal conversion: six brave souls from the Equally Blessed coalition.
I'm giving them the credit.