Only you? Shattering the myth of a soul mate

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Article Marriage and Family

Recently my friend Angela called me in tears. Angela, 31, and her husband have been married for three years, and they are very well-suited: They can spend hours talking and laughing, are attracted to each other, get along with each other's friends and families, and agree on faith, politics, and financial matters. But recently, she told me, the "glow" had worn off. They were busy with their careers, and in moments of exhaustion each said some hurtful things to the other.


Three ways parishes can welcome young Catholics

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Article Parish Life Young Adults

Jenny, a 27-year-old graduate student in microbiology at the University of Washington, has positive memories of the first time she left home to attend the University of Georgia. There, she reconnected with her Catholic faith, thanks to the ministry of the school’s Newman Center. “It got me caring about Mass,” she says. “By the time I graduated from Georgia, I had a great support network and wonderful friends.”


Does marriage matter to the millennial generation?

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Article Culture Marriage and Family Young Adults
Millennials are hesitant to pass judgment on the importance of marriage, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe in saying “I do.”

The closing scene of the Fox sitcom New Girl’s season premiere this fall struck a chord in me. Main character Jess and her roommates, Schmidt, Winston, Coach, and Nick, and her best friend Cece, dance around their L.A. loft’s kitchen removing the scores of wedding invitations fully covering the front of the refrigerator. (At the beginning of the episode, Jess is unable to even open the door, and sighs upon failing, “But I’m so hungry.”)


30 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Does anyone give a damn about teenage Catholics?

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By Dan Morris

This article appeared in the January 1985 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 50, No. 1, pages 26-31).


How prevalent is the hook-up culture on college campuses?

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Article Marriage and Family Sex and Sexuality Young Adults

Anxious college freshmen and concerned parents alike may wonder: Just how prevalent is the oft-debated “hook-up culture” on college campuses? After two years surveying students at Catholic colleges about culture and relationships, Jason King, associate professor of theology at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, has an answer. Yes, he says, it’s out there—but not because today’s young Catholics long for the days of free love.


A price worth paying? 'Ivory Tower' and the value of a college degree

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Article Culture Reviews Young Adults
As student loan debt surpasses U.S. credit card debt, documentaries ask the tough questions about a college education.

For at least the past 30 years, since the blue-ribbon report A Nation at Risk sounded an alarm about America’s underachieving school kids, the American middle class has been obsessed with education, from kindergarten to grad school, as the key to its children’s futures. As college tuition costs skyrocketed during those years, the high price only seemed to make the product more desirable.


The next generation of lay ministers

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Article Parish Life Young Adults
As the first wave of lay parish staff members begins to retire, a fresh crop of young people are bringing new energy and new ideas to parishes across the country.

Not every teenager knows what they want to do for a living, and fewer still dream of a career in church ministry. But after getting involved in her parish’s youth ministry program during her teenage years, Emily Anderson knew that this was what she wanted to do with her life.


Clark Power on bullying and homophobia

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Article Sex and Sexuality Vatican Young Adults
When sexual abuse and homophobia rear their ugly heads, a positive youth sports culture can be part of the solution.

Clark Power founded Play Like a Champion Today in 2006 to help provide education for coaches, parents, and athletes to create a positive youth sports environment for all children. In this web-exclusive excerpt from his interview with U.S. Catholic, Power speaks about his experience with all kinds of abuse, and how he thinks a culture of abuse can be remedied. 


Bringing the energy from World Youth Day home

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Article Parish Life Spirituality Young Adults
Millions of young Catholics are engaged and energized by World Youth Day. So why can’t they get excited about their own local church?

I traveled 5,375 miles to clap. It’s not as simple as it sounds. Clapping is more than just a routine motion—it needs purpose. We clap when we’re excited or proud. We clap to show appreciation or to join a communal rhythm. Purpose is what I found myself needing as I boarded a plane to Brazil for World Youth Day last summer. I needed the Catholic Church to give me reasons to clap.


Selfie esteem: Body image in a digital age

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Article Young Adults
With young adults constantly facing the camera, schools and parents need to find creative ways to instill the value of self-worth to the selfie generation.

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