Love Your Neighbor

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  • Six Ways to be a Thoughtful Gift-giver

    by Mary Ellen Barrett

    Have you ever had the experience of giving a gift and knowing the recipient hated it? Either by the look on the person’s face when he or she opened it or its disregard later? I have, and it’s not a good feeling. I have also been on the other … read more

  • Healing with God's Creatures

    by Daria Sockey

    It’s the plea every mother dreads. More than whiny begs for high-priced toys or trips to Disneyland.   “Mom, look! We found a (choose one: robin, squirrel, chipmunk, rabbit, hawk, fawn, groundhog, mouse) that was (hit by a car, abandoned by… read more

  • Catholic Heroes of the Holocaust

    by Daria Sockey

    April 28 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, the start of an eight-day annual period of activities commemorating one of the darkest events of human history. This was the day that Allied troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp in 1945. In so doing, they discovered and made known to … read more

  • Blessed Are They Who Mourn

    by Rebecca Ryskind Teti

    It was an agonizing week in our close-knit community.   On the vigil of the Assumption, the 6-year-old son of a beautiful young couple in our neighborhood suffered a trauma and hovered by a thread in the sacred space between life and death for… read more

  • Kathy Difiore gives shelter to unwed mothers

    by Lori Hadacek Chaplin

    In the 1980s, Kathy Difiore turned her home into a pregnancy shelter for unwed mothers. When the need grew, she opened three more residential shelters in New Jersey. Her heroism has been brought to the national forefront by a new movie called Gimme Shelter… read more

  • God's Plan. Our Hands.

    by Lynn Bellavance Wehner

    When Sean Forrest, founder of Movin’ With The Spirit, Inc., returned from his first trip to Haiti in 2002, he was convinced that God was calling him and his team to expand the reach of their ministry: It was a call to embrace the orphaned children … read more

  • Fully Accepted & Loved

    by Robyn Lee

    Department for Persons with Disabilities (DPD) provides residential, vocational, spiritual, and social services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Catholic Digest spoke with executive director Scott Milliken and development director Chris … read more

  • Join Us For Coffee Talk

    by Rebecca Ryskind Teti

    Do you know about "Coffee Talk"?   It was one of the most popular features of the old Faith & Family Live blog, and when that site suffered demise, it found a new home here at Catholic Digest.   The premise is simple: everyone needs… read more

  • What I Learned At the Stoplight

    by Marion Fernández-Cueto

    We’ve all seen them: those lone, scruffy figures at intersections and freeway underpasses holding bent cardboard signs asking for a handout. Their faces are as cracked and blistered as the sidewalk. Their meager possessions lie tangled in a bucket… read more

  • The Rai family refugees*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of the Rai family. Information for this feature was provided by the Rai family with the assistance of Dilprasad Basnet, case manager. Additional information and was obtained from the Arlington Catholic Herald.   Photos by Katie Bahr… read more