Love Your Neighbor

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  • 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

  • Christina's new life*

    by Julie Rattey

    How do you tell your mother you don’t want to see her anymore? That was the question Christina was facing 12 months ago at age 10. She had already discussed it with her therapist at St. Vincent’s Center, located in her hometown of Baltimore, … read more

  • Venu and the buffaloes*

    by Julie Rattey

    It was nearly dusk in the forests of Andhra Pradesh, India, and Venu, 10, watched eagerly as the shadows of the brown buff aloes he was tending grew longer and longer on the grass. “Time to go!” he crowed, springing to his feet. One lone … read more

  • An open door for Peter*

    by Julie Rattey

    Peter, 13, could feel his heart pounding as he waited for his mother to open the door.It was strange, knocking on the door of his own home as if he were a stranger. But he was a stranger, in a way. Since his mother had been arrested on drug charges when he … read more