Addressing Clergy Sexual Abuse and Cover Up

If you are upset, angry, confused, or sad, you are not alone. I understand these emotions because I feel them too. As leaders of teens, we also must be prepared to step up and help guide our younger brothers and sisters in Christ through this darkness.

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A Radical Invitation

In the Gospel a few weeks ago, we heard Jesus say to aa deaf man, “Ephphatha” or “Be Opened.” This past week in Philly, Pope Francis has been echoing those same words. Those words have the same power today; sometimes I am the one who is closed off, even a […]

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A Seminarian Encounters His Pope

For the last week, I have been on pilgrimage with 33 of my seminarian brothers from the Diocese of Orange. As I reflect on this awesome experience, I struggle to even begin to grasp the incredible grace and blessing I have so undeservingly received. Who am I to have had, […]

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Arise and Shine: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

In both the first reading (Numbers 11:25-29) and the Gospel (Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) jealousy is rearing its ugly head again. In the case of Eldad and Medad (baby names anyone), who didn’t show up for the party at the tent but still received the Spirit, no one believed their […]

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Papa Francisco in Washington, D.C.

As I stood amongst a crowd of men, woman and youth chanting, “Pa-Pa! Pa-Pa” I was taken back to my first World Youth Day in Toronto. The same feelings arose in me for Pope Francis as they did with St. Pope John Paul II, the Pope for the youth, who […]

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Worn Out: The Cause and Cure for Fatigue in Youth Ministry

Think about all the obstacles we go through in our day-to-day ministry. We live in a world of late sign-ups, last minute changes, double bookings, paper jams, and did I forget to say #TechnologyProblems? Moreover, we venture into the teenage jungle of low self-esteem, depression, and even suicide. There’s an endless amount of things that can go wrong in our ministry to teens and the easiest thing we can do is give up. However, if we take the call of Jesus seriously, we must be immersed in the messiness of life.

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