Love Your Neighbor

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  • 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

  • Jonathan on the road*

    by Julie Rattey

    Jonathan, 15, felt the rush of warm wind around his body as he drove through his small town of Revelo, Kentucky, the streets spread out before him invitingly in the dark. Sitting astride his lime-green all-terrain vehicle, feeling the buzz from the beer and … read more

  • Nathan on the field*

    by Julie Rattey

    Nathan was running, the dirt-stained football in his grip, when he felt the force of his brother’s weight thrown on him in a tackle. Nathan fell to the ground, laughing. His brother Brian might be 12, but he was quick. Nathan, 15, opened his mouth to… read more

  • Lina's Garden*

    by Julie Rattey

    Lina, 15, kicked off her sandals and knelt in the dirt next to her father. It was Saturday, which meant that homework was done and Lina could spend as much time as she wanted helping her father work in the garden, caring for the flowers and herbs and… read more

  • Patricia's first job*

    by Julie Rattey

    Patty, 28, felt numb as she picked up the telephone and dialed. She had just spent 16 hours on a bus traveling to the foreign embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, to get a visa in order to work as an au pair overseas. It had taken her months to fill out the au pair … read more

  • Sister Ellen Frances Lenihan: My life as a Glenmary Sister

    by Julie Rattey

    Estella and Dencil drove up to the mission house that February day in a huge brown tank of a car. Despite its age — it must have been 20 or 30 years old — it was very well kept. Cleanest car I’ve ever seen in my life, actually. It put mine… read more

  • Jeremy finally speaks*

    by Julie Rattey

    The house seemed unusually quiet. The grandchildren were napping in the other room, and Rosiella, 61, sat motionless in her chair by the open window, too hot and weary even to fan herself with the junk mail envelope lying on the small table beside her. … read more

  • Tony's Brothers*

    by Julie Rattey

    That’s it for today,” said Brother Benjamin in Spanish, clapping shut his textbook. “Class dismissed. Don’t forget about the quiz on Monday.”Brother “Benj” rolled up the sleeves of his brown Carmelite habit and walked … read more