Love Your Neighbor

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  • 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

  • Thorn crosses the border*

    by Julie Rattey

    Thorn (“TOUR-in”), 19, turned to gaze at her sleeping husband, his tranquil face and wiry arms lit by the moonlight scattered across the jungle floor outside Battambang, Cambodia. She then turned to look at her little sister Vana, 6, curled up… read more

  • Lakreshia takes the lead*

    by Julie Rattey

    Only a few more minutes ’til this day is over...Lakreshia, 16, slumped at her desk during end-of-the-day homeroom at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati. Most of her classmates were busy decorating the room for school spirit week, but Lakreshia… read more

  • I found an oasis of faith in Hollywood

    by Julie Rattey

    As told by Matthew Marsden Matthew Marsden is a Hollywood actor, former singer, and native of Great Britain. He has appeared in films including “Rambo” and “Black Hawk Down.” He lives with his wife, Nadine, and their son in Los… read more

  • A Catholic Digest Special Report: A day with the Maasai

    by Julie Rattey

    Parish priests get asked many questions by their parishioners: “What time is Mass on the Holy Day?” “How do I baptize my child?” “Can I get married in the Church if my husband isn’t Catholic?” But since Father John… read more

  • Adolfo’s poems*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of Adolfo Abreu. Some names have been changed for privacy.Adolfo, 10, stared at the half-written essay in his hands and then threw it down in disgust. I’m never going to pass English, he groaned inwardly, sinking his head into his… read more

  • A visitor for Haymanot*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of Haymanot (last name withheld for privacy). Research conducted with the assistance of Gabriel Delmonaco, U.S. national secretary of CNEWA and Haymanot’s sponsor.Haymanot, 11, clasped and unclasped her slender hands in her lap for… read more

  • Brian's prayer*

    by Julie Rattey

    *Based on the story of a Mercy Home resident. Names have been changed for privacy Brian, 13, awoke just as the night sky was fading to dawn one Saturday in St. Robert, Missouri. The air that gently lifted the curtains in his windows was cool and inviting… read more

  • Adventures in Alaska

    by Julie Rattey

    As told by Sister Kathleen Mary Radich, OSF* My housemate Sister Ellen and I like to say that here at St. Marys village, the only typical things we do are get up in the morning and pray together. After that, the day’s up for grabs.As a Franciscan Sister working in the… read more

  • Amanda's photos*

    by Julie Rattey

    Amanda, 15, flicked her eyes from her schoolbook to the clock for the millionth time that period. It was almost the end of the day at New Site High School in Mississippi, and Amanda had a tennis match that afternoon. Judging from the warm sun streaming through… read more