Love Your Neighbor

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  • 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

  • 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

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