November 2014

A sweet mistake

November 1, 2014 -- Living City

By Michele Genisio

Many great ideas emerge in times of crisis or by mistake. One minor Italian crisis in 1945 was the high price of chocolate in the post-World War II era. To stretch his supply, a master pastry chef from Alba, Italy, created a cream with chopped hazelnuts that rivaled other confectioners in his city. Using this cream, Chef Pietro Ferrero then created the little chocolates that he named “Giandujot,” which are now so famous in Italy and elsewhere.

Helping those in need

November 1, 2014 -- Living City

Supporting our daughter Moira’s efforts to live her faith has recently become an important component of our lives as parents. Going to church and praying together are certainly fundamental. Hearing how important it is to live our faith, though, has started to take shape in our daughter.

Children today are growing up in a time when there is a significant sense of freedom and an overwhelming amount of poverty and suffering at a global level.

Taking courage

November 1, 2014 -- Living City

Children across the country and around the world learn the Gospel-based Art of Loving through the Cube of Love program. Here’s what happened to Emma Alonzo, 7, from Florida. She likes the Cube of Love and rolls it every morning. Thinking that if someone likes something very much, he or she should share it with friends. She got an idea:

The most rewarding paycheck

November 1, 2014 -- Living City

By Hana Chehade

If I had to give my own definition of unity, I would say it means to make a particular situation or environment friendly and welcoming to everyone, demonstrating a boundless, selfless love for each person and highlighting the good in others. I do my best to try and bring this idea of unity into my workplace every day.

The strength to keep going

November 1, 2014 -- Living City

Not long ago the executive director of a non-profit organization in which I am involved asked if I would be president of its board. I had neither the desire, time, nor experience for it, but I wanted to support this person who was practically working alone. I agreed on the condition that the current executive director would continue to do almost everything!
Once inside this circle, I became aware of broken relationships, favoritism, injustices and some questionable practices. Efforts to resolve these problems were not received well.

The skywriter

November 1, 2014 -- Living City

By Michele Genisio

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry liked to be in the sky. He was an aviator with a pilot’s typical boldness, and at times he seemed to border on the edge of arrogance. His personality was exuberant; he knew how to attract attention, and he was domineering.

At the same time, he had softer traits — he was a dreamer, kind, always smiling yet thoughtful — and these made him mysterious and fascinating. These poetic traits burst forth even more when he took up his pen.

Like living cells

November 1, 2014 -- Living City

If you look around you in some cities you pass through, you are left dismayed, and it seems to you that a Christian society is far off. The world with its vanity seems to dominate ...

And you would call Jesus’ prayer to the Father — “May they all be one” (Jn 17:21) — a utopia if you did not think of him. He saw a world very much similar to this one, and at the climax of his life he appeared to be overcome by it, defeated by evil.

He, too, looked at all those people whom he loved as himself. He came to bring the family together again: to make all one ...

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