Mark Piper, a Packers fan in an unholy land, works in the nonprofit sector. He resides in Chicago with his family and holds a master's in public policy from DePaul University and a bachelor's from St. Xavier University; he is an alumus of Amate House, an AmeriCorps-approved year of service organization sponsored by the Chicago Archdiocese.

He writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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Love separates the social justice advocate from social justice warrior

Young Voices: There are some whose social justice work can be a balm to those they serve. There are also those who are as vicious as St. Peter cutting off someone's ear — though today the cutting tends to be from trolling words.


Transcribing Dorothy Day: Who wouldn't want to help make a saint?

Young Voices: Then again, who really makes a saint? After my very small role in the canonization process, the best answer I have is that, responding to the grace of God, we can make ourselves into saints.


A prayer of thanksgiving for Sr. Fintan

A few months ago, a priest asked me very seriously, "What keeps you in church?"  I had an instantaneous flashback to a memory of Sr. Fintan in the school gym, telling the bishop that I knew my prayers and that she was proud of me.


I made a mixtape for the church I love

Young Voices: As a sign of my love for the Catholic Church — a church that has provided me with hope, beauty and truth, as well as anguish, anger and frustration — I wish to create and share a mixtape.