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Young Catholic Men, Why Aren’t We Dating?

Young Catholic men, we have a problem. It’s a problem that is going to require all of our courage, confidence and creativity to solve. It’s a problem that affects many of our friends; it might even be affecting you. Finally, it’s a problem that’s frustrating many of the beautiful, wonderful, young Catholic women in our lives.

6 Steps to Say “I’m Sorry”

“I’m sorry.” Seems straightforward, right? Those two little words certainly don’t seem to warrant a 2000+ word, 3 part, explanatory series. However, “I’m sorry”, by itself, usually isn’t enough.

7 Steps for Surviving a Break Up

The first piece of writing I ever had published was about break ups. I wrote it in my last year of high school and it was titled 'If Your Heart was Truly Broken, You'd be Dead.' That cynical title sets the tone of the piece pretty well.

The Church Young Catholics Need (Part 3)

It should come as no surprise that youth ministry is a demanding job. Youth ministers spend hours in overloaded schedules dreaming up speakers, organising events, practising music, setting up sports teams, encouraging outreach to those in need and, of course, preparing food. And then, after all that, sometimes only a few people show up.

The Church Young Catholics Need (Part 2)

Like most social institutions, the Catholic Church typically views the role of youth as preparatory. The focus is on developing our young people, so that they are solid Catholics by the time they settle into adult life.

The Church Young Catholics Need (Part 1)

“We need a church capable of meeting them on their way. We need a church capable of entering into their conversation. We need a church able to dialogue with those disciples who, having left Jerusalem behind, are wandering aimlessly, alone, with their own disappointment, disillusioned by a Christianity now considered barren. - Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013

Forget Your Weaknesses, Play Up Your Strengths

I’m not a genius or a prodigy. That’s not an attempt to win you over with my humility, it’s just a fact. But it’s actually something that took me a really long time to get my head around. Like most kids, I grew up thinking I was destined for greatness.

You’re Not a Piece of Gum: Sex and Starting Over

Christians are good at a lot of things. The scientist who came up with the Big Bang theory, several of the greatest composers of all time, and the guy who invented Domino’s Pizza – all Christians. We’re a talented bunch. But when it comes to talking about sex, there’s one thing Christians suck at: analogies.