Love Your Neighbor

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  • The Glenmary Sisters give new hope for José

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of the Hernandez family. Information for this feature was provided by Sister Aida Badillo of the Glenmary Sisters.     “Papá...!”   Minerva’s lips choked out the word as she sank into her chair … read more

  • Haiti changed our parish…and my life

    by Julie Rattey

    As told by Jim McDaniel A man with desperation in his voice is calling out to me: “Jim, Jim, Jim!”   The man is a stranger in a Haitian prison cell. His prisonmates have stuck their hands through the openings in their cells, reaching out… read more

  • How Guest House saved my life

    by Julie Rattey

    As told by Father Bill* “You’re not going to live six months,” the doctor told me. The sad thing was, I didn’t care. The year was 1974, and I was an alcoholic in denial. I can’t claim I didn’t know what alcohol could… read more

  • How Guest House saved my life: Part 2

    by Julie Rattey

    As told by Father Bill* In part 1 of this story, Father Bill’s bishop confronted him about his addiction to alcohol and told him he was sending him to Guest House, a treatment center for clergy and Religious. The day after his arrival, he found … read more

  • A baby for Mariama*

    by Julie Rattey

    Mariama, 28, let out a guttural scream from within her family’s straw hut in Senegal. Usually at this time of the morning she would be helping her husband’s three other wives prepare breakfast and care for the eight children. As fourth wife, Mariama… read more

  • The call that changed Alex’s life*

    by Julie Rattey

    Too much drama, Alex thought. There was too much drama going on, especially when it was only Tuesday morning, and Alex, 14, was tired of dealing with it. There was drama with her boyfriend — correction, ex-boyfriend — drama with her friends, … read more

  • Where are they now?

    by Julie Rattey

    Since February of 2006, Catholic Digest has told narrative stories of individuals whose lives have been changed for the better through their interactions with a Religious Order or organization. For the next two months, we’ll share updates on how some… read more

  • Where are they now? Part 2

    by Julie Rattey

    Since February of 2006, Catholic Digest has told narrative stories of individuals whose lives have been changed for the better through their interaction with a Religious Order or organization. This month, we continue to share updates on how some of these … read more

  • A dance for Juliet*

    by Julie Rattey

    "Welcome home, girls!”Juliet’s mother, her hands full of the cabbages and tomatoes she was selling to a customer, turned to her daughters with a huge smile. Juliet, 10, and Hilda, 7, smiled back as they entered their two-room rental house … read more

  • Preston and the Courageous Lion*

    by Julie Rattey

    "Another cut and color today, Peggy?”Jasey smiled as one of her regular customers entered her salon, Shear Designs by Jasey, in Lebanon, Virginia. Christmas music played softly in the background. Peggy shrugged off her coat and acknowledged that… read more