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 ingoodcompany.net.co.

She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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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?

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Life is never normal for those of us who believe

Young Voices: Being a witness to God's presence in the world requires a continual openness to amazement and possibility that, quite frankly, demands real work and presence.

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'It's always darkest before the dawn'

Young Voices:  As we approach the darkest day of the year, we are reminded of God's promise of light. This co-mingling produces a new color, a new story, and new hope: rose-colored vestments, if you will.

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Black and brown bodies among us in the body of Christ

Young Voices: Have brown and black people been silenced in our churches as much as they are silenced in our media? Have their experiences of faith been muted, hidden in the shadows?