What We’ve Learned from Listening to the People

by Amber and David Lapp

Before the opening of the Catholic Church’s Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis invited the Church to “lend our ears to the beat of this time and perceive the ‘scent’ of the people today.” In interviews with dozens of working-class young people spanning the last four years, we have had the privilege to do a lot of listening to young people from varied family situations—from cohabiting couples to the happily married to the twice divorced. The stories we heard deeply moved us and have changed how we think and live.

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