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Is There One True Religion?

When I was in college, I majored in Religious Studies, and in the process was able to explore the history and beliefs of many of the world’s religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity… among others. It was a...

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Getting Honest With Your Teen About Suffering

Omnibenevolent. It looks like one of those complicated National Spelling Bee words, but all it really means is all-good. What could possibly fit this description? Surely no one and nothing in the non-fiction realm. Maybe Mister Rogers. End of...

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Cinco Verdades los Jóvenes Necesitan Asimilar para la Vocación

“Dios tiene un plan para tu vida. Su plan va a ser el camino a tu mayor felicidad.” Esto me decían mis papás cuando era joven. Pero yo crecí tocando los tambores e imaginaba ser un músico famoso. Eso...

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The Truth About Tolerance

WHAT DOES CULTURE SAY ABOUT TOLERANCE?   We are all formed by the culture we live in; there is no way around it. While we all experience it, teens are typically impacted by the trends and trains of thought...

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Gen Z Teens Are More Religious Than They Think

Massive crowds. Horrifying humidity. Unforgettable connections. Those are the three phrases I would use to describe the experience of World Youth Day (WYD) in a nutshell. Probably not the typical pilgrim’s response, but it’s my honest one. In spite...

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Teen Culture Update: March 2019

WHAT’S NEW   Social concerns Although it’s primarily indicted parents, the recent college admission scandal has not been lost on teens for a couple of reasons. First of all, Lori Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, is a popular YouTuber (and...

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Social Media Basics: Filters

You’re scrolling down your Instagram feed and see your kid’s most recent post of them with the family dog. You like the photo, but stare at it for a few seconds thinking, “Hold up, that looks like it was...

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Into the Desert: Resources for Lent

Ashes, fasting, praying, Stations of the Cross, no meat on Fridays, parish fish fries, Passion plays, communal penance services… there are SO many things going on during the season of Lent to help us enter into this time of...

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Unplug… and Plugin: Connecting as a Family During Lent

Let’s face it, like it or not, technology is woven into the very fabric of our everyday lives. Whether it is apps and games on our phones, social media, streaming services, or a smart speaker – our kids are...

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Jóvenes Misioneros: El Amor Conduce a la Misión

“Quien tiene espíritu misionero siente el ardor de Cristo por las almas y ama a la Iglesia, como Cristo.” –Redemptoris Missio, 89   ¿Cómo ayudamos a los jóvenes a desarrollar un espíritu misionero? Yo no soy madre, pero les...

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