Jennifer Mertens earned her Master of Divinity from the Catholic Theological Union. She completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Louis University and currently teaches religion at a Catholic high school in Cincinnati.

She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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8 tips for nurturing your body, mind and spirit in 2018

New Year's 2018: As we celebrate, we can take time to reflect on how to usher in 2018 with a fresh commitment to our own well-being. Here are eight meaningful resolutions.

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Retracing the footsteps of our foremothers in faith

Young Voices: Each step in Greece led us further back into a narrative rooted in the lives of early Christian women, whose influence we explored at numerous ancient sites.

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Does Christianity have a Wonder Woman?

Young Voices: The success of the female-directed action movie with a female main character, "Wonder Woman," speaks to the profound longing that countless women and girls experience for such a female witness.

Saint Mary's College pioneers summer theological program for teen girls

Young Voices: The Embody summer program of Saint Mary's College immerses young women in a rich combination of theological instruction, interactive learning activities and service opportunities.