Young Adults


Sense and Sentimentality — How Could Mr. Right Turn Out to be So Wrong?

Many young people have had the experience of feeling that they were in love with someone who at first seemed absolutely wonderful, only later to be greatly disappointed in the person, disillusioned about the relationship, and perhaps even down on the opposite sex as a whole. In his book Love and Responsibility, Blessed John Paul II — then Karol Wojtyla [...]


Avoiding Fatal Attractions

A man eating lunch at a restaurant notices an attractive woman at another table, and is immediately drawn to her beauty. His heart stirs, and he finds himself wanting to see her again. Yet, this is not the first time she has caught his eye. And his attraction to her is more than physical. She works for the same large [...]


Beyond the Sexual Urge

In our first reflection on Pope John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility, we considered the “personalist principle,” which says that we should not treat other persons merely as a means to an end. In particular, we saw how utilitarianism weakens our relationships by getting us to value people primarily in terms of some pleasure or benefit we receive from our [...]


Getting it Right — The Foundation of Friendship

In his book Love and Responsibility, Karl Wojtyla – now known as John Paul II – reflects not simply on why contraception is immoral, but even more, on how contraception actually can destroy the love between a husband and wife in marriage. Here, we will consider four points from his reflections on this topic. ‘What can a celibate priest really teach us [...]


Entrepreneurship and Serving the Church: 3 Tips for Embracing Failure and Persevering through Discouragement

Over 180 members of the Young Catholic Professionals group came out on the second Tuesday in October, to the Cathedral Guadalupe in Dallas, for a great event with CEO John Williams. Mr. Williams, who has been an entrepreneur in various businesses since he graduated with his MBA from Stanford University, spoke to the group about the lessons he has learned for [...]


Think like an entrepreneur… not like an employee

What does it really mean to be a Catholic professional? On a recent Tuesday, Richard Kelly, Principal at LumaCorp, Inc., addressed a group of 240 young professionals gathered at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin Guadalupe in Dallas. His topic: “What it really means to be a Catholic professional.” Rich briefly shared his own reversion to Catholicism, which occurred at the [...]

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Young Adult Professionals

5 Steps to Finding Faith and Balance in Business

Editor’s Note: This is the first post from the group, Young Catholic Professionals (, in Dallas, Texas. Randy Hain and I applaud their efforts to call today’s young adults to “Work in Witness for Christ” and are grateful for their contributions here to the mission of the Integrated Catholic Life™. – Deacon Mike Bickerstaff What’s Important Now: 5 Steps to Finding Faith and [...]

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Keeping Teens Involved in the Practice of the Faith

I spoke to a group of teens who were preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Confirmation is generally administered to 10th graders in the Atlanta Archdiocese. The format of the talk was “Stump the Deacon!”  It is one of the things I do in education that I most enjoy.  The teens had written questions before I arrived and had placed them [...]


The Nest Begins to Empty

As I was addressing my daughter’s high school graduation invitations last night, I began to reminisce about the journey my daughter has taken in life.  I find it difficult to put into words how proud I am of her: knowing her struggles, knowing her convictions, knowing her faith, knowing her success despite it all.  My sweet baby girl, so young [...]

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What’s at the Bottom of Your Bowl?

Every Easter, my mother serves a delicious fruit salad. It is a healthy smorgasbord of taste and the perfect amouse bouche before our family feast. Yet left at the bottom of my fruit bowl each Easter are always a few sad pieces of neglected fruit. For me, it’s the grapefruit and pear, both fruits I enjoy, but just never seem [...]