It was in my final year of religion class where I learned about Jesus’ sermon on the mount. The sermon, which begins in Matthew 5, is a good guide for self-reflection. What resonated with me the most from the sermon starts on Matthew 6:19 with Jesus’ lessons on treasure.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out
December 25, 2015

Teaching youth engagement

While there is evidence that youth are less civically engaged than the general population, Reid Locklin says it’s merely that they are differently engaged.

Published in Youth Speak News

Since becoming The Catholic Register’s youth editor in February, I’ve been trying to recapture what it truly means to “give Catholic youth a voice.” To me, it means capturing the energy and the spirit of youth ministry.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out
December 18, 2015

Focusing on CHRISTmas

Now that exams are coming to an end and Christmas break is beginning, there’s more free time to rest and make the most of the season.

Published in Youth Speak News

We are all called to be saints as we are all called to claim our place in Heaven as children of God. Because this is no easy task, God has given us the saints that have come before us as a huge source of inspiration.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

National Geographic recently named the Virgin Mary as the world’s most powerful woman. What an honour as Catholics to have our Mother seen to hold such a beautiful and mighty role on Earth, and to get this recognition from the secular world.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

It’s that time again in the Catholic Church: the beginning of a new liturgical year and start of the season of Advent.

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It was in my last year of high school when my school’s chaplain asked me to come to his office one day. We talked about what I’d been going through. It was clear to myself and to others that I hadn’t been myself.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

Mark your calendars. Find all your friends and tell them to do the same. From Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 50,000 heads of state, foreign dignitaries, private sector innovators and environmental advocates will gather in Paris to discuss global initiatives related to curbing the effects of climate change — this year’s biggest UN environmental conference. Frankly, I can barely control my excitement.

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More students today are facing unemployment or underemployment, even in specialized fields. A report from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, based on 2011 data, has found that only 29.7 per cent of those with engineering degrees actually work in their fields as engineers.

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During my high school years, I struggled with mental illness. I felt hopeless. I was alone. I was hurting and I knew that nothing could change the way I felt. It was during this time that I grew in my faith.

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Oct. 24 is United Nations Day and I think it’s time to make a real change.

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LONDON, ONT. - A little boy with long curly hair bounces around the worship space of Labatt Hall as Sunday Mass begins at King’s University College. Two-year old Zenos Istefan finds a seat next to the priest in the sanctuary. His family has only been in Canada since August, yet he has already made Canada and the worship space his home.

Published in Youth Speak News

When I was first accepted as a member of Youth Speak News, I knew my first task was to visit the Hamilton diocesan headquarters and introduce myself. It was important for me to do as an involved, young Catholic.

Published in YSN: Speaking Out

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis asked the world’s young Catholics to perform spiritual and corporal works of mercy every month in the run-up to World Youth Day next July.

Published in World Youth Day 2016