Jocelyn A. Sideco is a retreat leader, spiritual director and innovative minister who specializes in mission-centered ministry. She directs the Community Service and Social Justice office at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, California. Visit her online ecumenical ministry, In Good Company, at

She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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The courage of youth might motivate us

Young Voices: With what we know about adolescent brain development, we educators try to create experiences and environments that encourage healthy risk-taking as the prefrontal cortex continues to mature and offer agility to plan, prioritize and control impulses.  


Jesus and Pope Francis: Contagious peace and joy

Young Voices: Our church is huge. I would like to think that our universal community can take a lot of diversity. We just don't have to prove we are better than one another or more holy than the next holy companion.


To follow Jesus, we must become vulnerable

Young Voices: In her book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but really an experience of love. Jesus embodied that kind of love when he spoke to those who resisted his message. How can we imitate him?

To break versus to break open

Young Voices: Could I recognize a broken heart as an invitation for God's love, compassion and care to enter? Or would I stay stubborn in my own self-pity and close myself off to others?