Brian Harper is an alumnus of Fordham University's Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development and Marquette University. He previously worked in communications with the Midwest Jesuits and served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Peru. His writing has been featured in America, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Counterpunch, Mic and various other publications. You can read his work and listen to his music at

He writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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Planting seeds with rosary beads

Young Voices: I'm usually not good at Lent. Yet this year I fulfilled my goal: praying the rosary almost daily. But by Holy Week's end, I owed this more to determination not to fall short than to any notion that the rosary was enriching my life.


The unappreciated spiritual legacy of Gerald Ford

Young Voices: Whenever there is a poll ranking U.S. presidents, there is one head of state I always look out for, wondering if his service might get a generous reappraisal. I continue to wait in vain. 


Evangelizing by example

Young Voices: Any of us who practice religion have more personal figures who help make the sacred captivating. In my life, my late grandfather was such an individual.


Don't fall for it: Call out corruption no matter whose

Young Voices: Corruption is insidious because of the ways power seduces its beneficiaries into profiteering from their status. But it's also dangerous in the way it uses tribalism to tempt the rest of us into selectively looking the other way.