The Difference Faith Makes in Poverty Relief

The Difference Faith Makes in Poverty Relief

Intangibles of Transformation Recently I was talking with a graduate of the Sisters of Mary school in Mexico. I asked him, “What is the most significant thing the Sisters taught you?” His response surprised me, “To clean.”  He’s been successful in life— following...
CHRISTMAS MUSINGS OF HOPE

CHRISTMAS MUSINGS OF HOPE

BREAKING CHAINS Twenty-three teenagers at Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico remained. They stood quietly off to the side two weeks ago as more than three thousand classmates boarded the buses and cars that would take them back to their families on mountainside villages, in...
Hardwired For a Miracle

Hardwired For a Miracle

TO CREATE A MIRACLE The mystery, substance and grinding work of helping to move along the canonization of a saint in the Catholic Church can be exemplified by Sr. Josephine, a cloistered Carmelite nun whose monastery is tucked away in a small Illinois town. Six months...
The Rhythm of the Saints

The Rhythm of the Saints

READING THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS In the many weeks spent researching the life of Venerable Aloysius Schwartz, founder of World Villages for Children and the Sisters of Mary, I had, of course, discovered countless compelling aspects of his personality and priesthood: he...
Are we Bystanders or Heroes?

Are we Bystanders or Heroes?

WHEN A HELLISH SCENE UNFOLDED BEFORE THEM, A TRAIN FULL OF PASSENGERS STOOD STILL Every so often a news story from the culture slips past the inundation of daily news feeds and manages to paralyze us. This particular story, which broke earlier this week in...
Two Paths of an ALS Diagnosis

Two Paths of an ALS Diagnosis

RESIGNED TO SERVE THE POOR Fr. Al with child wheelchair On a startling autumn morning in 1989, a doctor asked Fr. Aloysius Schwartz (founder of World Villages for Children) to sit down, looked him in the eye, and shared the hard news: the 59-year-old American...