2018-08_LT-MamiPapi

Mami and Papi Know Best

Whether it’s inserting their opinion or establishing ground rules, the dramatics that take place in the “courtroom” of a Hispanic/Latino household are no joke. The battle may seem like it’s never going to end, but I’m here to say that there’s truth in the opposing view.

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Equal but Different: Wisdom on Being Men and Women of God

Society so often pits men and women against one another in a battle of the sexes, but what if instead of being at odds, we learned to value each other for the unique gifts we’ve been given? Seems like a better use of our time and effort! Saint Catherine of Siena said that if we want to set the world ablaze, we simply need to be who we were created to be. Imagine being so confident in our identity as sons and daughters of God that we light up the world just by being ourselves and encouraging each other to live up to our full potential.

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Go Home and Love Your Family

If you have ever seen the movie “Lilo & Stitch,” you might remember a scene in which Nani and Lilo talk after they get into a fight. In that scene, Nani apologizes to Lilo for yelling at her and Lilo responds with, “We’re sisters, it’s our job.” Even though it […]

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2018-05_LT-Moms

When Flowers Aren’t Enough: Loving Your Mama

I want to make her proud by getting good grades, receiving scholarships, and just doing well in life. While these things are all great and surely make my mom proud, what she wants above all else is for me to be happy.

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Reclaiming the Patriarchy

Though this is by no means an easy topic to navigate, it seems that the root of the problem is simple: Why is one gender, in this case male, seen as superior over its counterpart?

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Why Sass Isn’t Helping: Affirming our Brothers in Speech

Our words can resonate deeply in the hearts of others — they have the power to shape and inspire change. But if we distort our gift of femininity, or as my homie JP2 calls it, “the feminine genius,” we become destructive rather than constructive.

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5 Ways to Comfort a Grieving Friend

As a friend to someone who’s grieving, what are we supposed to we say? How can we help? What is appropriate?

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Keeping up With Youth Group Friends Over Summer

I looked forward to these nights because I was challenged by the topic or affirmed by my friends, but also because my friends relied on me to hold them accountable with their struggles and celebrate their joys. But then summer would come and the routine would change, leaving me anxious and wondering about the state of my friendships.

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Esto Vir: Be a Man

Society measures manliness by the amount of women a man can “get” and his strength, both physical and emotional — which I started to realize is absurd. If we hold ourselves to the very low standards this world uses to define a man, we are weak.

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To the Girl Who Can’t Wait

It was a hot, dry summer in Kansas. I was the curious girl in love, going on a date with my forever crush.

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