2018-08_LT-SummerFriends

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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2018-08_LT-EstoVir

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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2018-05_LT-ToTheGirl

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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2018-04_LT-Kissing

What’s the Deal with Kissing?

You hooked up with someone. You should feel amazing.” But amazing was about the farthest thing from what I felt.

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2018-04_LT-ForcedToGrowUp

Forced to Grow Up

With tears running down my face, I felt for the first time every wound and every scar I had been numb to for so long. It all hit me — I was not OK.

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2018-02_LT-GenderQuestions

Catholic Answers About Sex, Gender, and Variations in the 21st Century

Where the world settles for passing pleasures, the Church calls us to live for an eternal Kingdom. Oftentimes, this call is difficult, and every person who resolves to follow Christ will have to bear a weighty cross. Those who struggle with gender confusion carry a particularly challenging cross that the world would rather ignore.

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2018-03_LT-DatingProject

Your Own, Real Life “Dating Project”

Say it with me, “Would you like to go on a date?” I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath.

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2018-03_LT-SelfIdentify

Why I Don’t Self-Identify as…

Today, despite same-sex attractions and transgender inclinations being a part of my story, self-identifying as gay, transgender, or even straight is something I choose not to do.

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2018-01_LT-DatingFast

What Jesus Taught me on my Dating Fast

Going through a breakup is a painful experience of its own. It is confusing, crushing, and sometimes even paralyzing. Months can pass and it can feel like nothing has healed inside. It can be easy to grow impatient and let other things try to numb the ache. I know your […]

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2017-09_LT-WishBornGirl

I Wished I Was Born a Girl

Retrospectively, I see how my understanding of what it meant to be a boy or a girl was anchored merely on my perception of masculinity and femininity. However, this was a moving target, completely at the whim of my imagination!

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