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A Prayer Amid an Epidemic

By Kerry Weber, Executive Editor, America Magazine Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a [...]

By |2020-03-24T09:27:31-04:00March 24th, 2020|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Sandy Cassanelli: Faith, Love, and Searching for a Cure

Sandy Cassanelli (Photo courtesy of Malta House of Care) When you’re at Mass, look to your left, then, look to your right. Look ahead, then behind. One of the people you might see smiling back is 44-year-old Sandy Cassanelli. She and her husband, Craig, along with their teenage daughters, are active parishioners at SS. Isidore and Maria. Sandy is the CEO of the small business that she and Craig run together. By all outward appearances, their lives are just like yours and mine: busy and full. Yet the smile belies the struggle that Sandy and her family [...]

By |2020-03-13T20:24:26-04:00February 29th, 2020|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Nicolas Winton

In December 1938, 29-year-old British stockbroker Nicholas Winton visited Prague to assist in Jewish refugee camps. Winton was shocked at the atrocious conditions, especially for children, who were facing almost certain death by the Nazis. In order to get these children to safety, Winton established a small operation in Prague. He contacted European and American governments, asking them to take in children. Only Sweden and Great Britain agreed. The British Parliament required that each child entering the country have a foster home, an entry visa and 50 pounds for return transport. Winton pleaded with the British Home Office to expedite [...]

By |2019-01-18T20:01:33-05:00January 13th, 2019|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Black and White

My friends and I stroll through the mall but no one notices us. I stop at a convenience store on the way home, and no one’s pulse spikes in fear. If I move into your section of town, you don’t think, “There goes the neighborhood.” I am a white woman. Therefore, unless I draw attention to myself, people leave me alone. People don’t fear me or worry that I might be carrying a concealed weapon. In the event that I do something stupid, people say, “That was really stupid.” They do not say, “See? All those white women are idiots.” [...]

By |2018-12-31T18:04:42-05:00December 18th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

How to Avoid Spoiled Children. Maybe.

The call came years ago on a raw afternoon in early spring. The woman on the other end of the phone introduced herself as a writer. She explained that Parenting Magazine had hired her to write a story about how to prevent spoiled children, and she wanted to interview me on the topic. She'd been given my name through a convoluted series of contacts, none of whom had ever met me - or my children. How did she know my kids weren't spoiled? The interview was fascinating. The writer presented me with 8 specific scenarios involving children who were not [...]

By |2018-10-30T12:26:26-04:00October 27th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Humility is not for the faint of heart

For Father George the Humble. It was a stupid idea. What was I thinking? Something had been bugging me for months. I knew God wanted me to take my faith to a deeper level and I was pretty sure it had something to do with humility. The prospect didn't thrill me. After months of ignoring God, I finally acknowledged His not-so-gentle nudging. Okay, it was more like an affectionate shove. And thus it happened that on a Tuesday in November, I began to pray an extremely dangerous prayer. I asked God to strip me of pride and teach me humility. [...]

By |2018-10-30T12:27:02-04:00October 24th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Corrie ten Boom

The year was 1942, and Holland was under Nazi occupation. The elderly Casper ten Boom and his middle-aged daughters were leading quiet lives as watchmakers until Jewish neighbors began disappearing. One night after curfew, a terrified Jewish woman arrived at the door of the ten Boom shop. The woman's husband had just been arrested, her son was in hiding, and she was anxious about returning home for fear of arrest. She'd heard that the Christian ten Boom family had helped a Jewish neighbor, and she didn't know where else to turn. Casper ten Boom kindly assured her, “God's people are [...]

By |2018-10-23T22:22:36-04:00October 8th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Do the Homeless Have Names?

Just moments into the discussion, I knew where it was going. A group of women had gathered over coffee, and for reasons that now escape me, the topic turned to the homeless. “You know what I don't understand?” one woman began rather stridently. “Where are their families? Why should their care be left to government hand-outs and charities?” “Yeah,” several women agreed. “Don't the homeless have families to care for them?” Should I or shouldn't I? I wondered. Did I have the emotional energy to enter the controversy? I put my toe into the water. “Do any of you know [...]

By |2018-09-21T21:58:59-04:00September 13th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Starting Out Right

They met in college, he an athletic playboy and she, a studious goody two shoes. It was an unlikely match from the start, a fact that her friends continually pointed out. His first move was to invite her to the local bar; she declined because she was leading a campus Bible study that evening. He'd heard plenty of rejection lines but that one was new. Their first date was a week later and the hours brimmed with laughter. When she finally looked at her watch, it was 2 a.m. “I have to go!” she exclaimed like Cinderella at the ball. [...]

By |2018-09-21T21:59:37-04:00August 23rd, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments

Hungry for God

By the time I hung up the phone, I already regretted my decision. Who in her right mind agrees to substitute teach a large 6th grade CCD class? But my friend couldn't find anyone in her own parish to fill in, and she was desperate. Fine, I said. I'll do it. Besides, I like 6th graders. I just don't like them in packs. The assigned topic was God the Father. I began my preparation with prayer. Never go in front of middle schoolers without first praying. Never do anything without praying, but that's another topic. I sought ideas from teachers, [...]

By |2018-09-21T22:00:09-04:00August 9th, 2018|Everyday Holiness|0 Comments
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