Why every twenty-something should travel to a new city alone

They say travel is about "getting lost and finding yourself." The truth is, finding yourself is an ongoing journey. It takes trial and error, rejection, and plenty of mistakes that will occur along the way--but it also takes courage, strength, and willingness to persevere. It takes work and being open: openness to experiences good and bad, and to getting "lost" on occasion. But above all things, it takes courage. With faith, the right mindset, network of support, and a map or general plan to guide you, you can get lost anywhere and find yourself along the way.

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A Time to Say Goodbye

Written by Allyson Escobar for her Lolo (Grandpa) Pete Lagrosa. Throughout his life, Pedro "Pete" Lagrosa, 81, has always cared for others. He admires the Italian saints Padre Pio, St. Peregrine, and St. Francis of Assisi for their qualities of courage, devotion, and sympathy for people everywhere. Wanting to pray and follow in their holy footsteps, …

The Pope’s Angelus

"Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of …

When in Rome… Roam

Here's the thing I've discovered after two weeks in Italy: in order to truly discover a place, you must be willing to roam. (& in a city like Rome, literally.) I mean that in every sense of the word: walking, following a map or smartphone GPS, getting on a segway or bike tour, whatever tickles your fancy. …