Christian Mocek is the director of alumni relations at St. Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery, seminary and school of theology in southern Indiana. He lives in New Albany, Indiana, with his wife, Gillian, and their little boy, Simon. You can find his reflections on parenthood, marriage and young adulthood at

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What does it mean to be father to a son in the age of #MeToo?

Young Voices: The #MeToo movement is a wake-up call to fathers. Our sons are next to us, listening to us and being socialized by our reaction to what appears innocent but we know is not.


Millennial philanthropy can teach Catholic Church three things

Young Voices: The church can learn some lessons from the way millennials — people about 22 to 35 years old — engage with charities. This generation is very generous, for example, but over 90 percent of millennials would never financially support an organization they don't trust.


Prepare for the unanticipated in your wild and precious life

Young Voices: Life's great adventure is in not knowing what will happen next. Lent is a time to strengthen our resolve so that when hard times come, God is where we first turn.


Take winter as a time to slow down, find your soul

Young Voices: The rest of the year is full of distractions of friends, commitments and technology. Seldom do we have the chance such as in winter to sit and wonder, pray and discover God within ourselves.