Category Archives: focus on millennials

In light of faith: New priorities for one seminarian

Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the United States was a thrilling time to be a seminarian in our nation’s capital.

My seminary is directly across the street from where the Holy Father would celebrate Mass for tens of thousands of people, making our building an ideal place for news crews to film their shows or file their stories. Media personnel were buzzing around the seminary busily preparing for the pope’s arrival, and the atmosphere was electric.

Yet at the same time, I was sad. Continue reading

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In light of faith: Vocational discernment and anxiety

“The purpose of vocational discernment is to find out how to transform (our choices), in the light of faith into steps toward the fullness of joy to which everyone is called.” These words from the introduction to the Vatican preparatory document for the upcoming synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” reiterate Pope Francis’ call to our church today: to live the joy of the Gospel. Continue reading

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In light of faith: Blessed Solanus Casey’s witness to my family

Pope Francis has said in the preparatory document for the upcoming synod on “young people, faith and vocational discernment” that we need to see credible witnesses in order to be inspired to be holy. Continue reading

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In light of faith: Take action against gun violence

I was in sixth grade when two gunmen entered Columbine High School and mowed down 12 of their fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives. By the time another madman decided to shoot up his own campus of Virginia Tech, killing 32 students and faculty members, I was halfway through college. Continue reading

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In light of faith: A call for intergenerational solidarity

I can still feel the thick plastic cover over the checkered tablecloths under my fingers, still smell the faint aroma of almond extract mixed with something like mothballs in my nose. The week leading up to Christmas was the same every year of my childhood. Continue reading

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Whole-life perspective: How one young activist thinks about social justice

Young Catholics today find ourselves in a similar type of political cafeteria of options ranging from unsavory to utterly unfit-for-consumption. The preparatory document for the 2018 synod on youth discusses the despair that arises from this situation, naming young people’s “resignation or fatigue in their will to desire” in the face of causes they wish to champion. In my experience, this fatigue is traced to the fear that embracing one movement means … Continue reading

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In light of faith: Pope Francis highlights gifts of young people in Colombia

(A series of columns focused on and written by millennials and young adults) By Christopher White Catholic News Service During his recent visit to Colombia, Pope Francis put young people front and center in many of his speeches. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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