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Evicted: The housing crisis in the U.S.Effie Caldarola

My husband and I are sitting on our front porch on a gentle spring evening, reading. I hold up my book and show Jim Chapter 6: "Rat Hole." "This pretty much sums up this book," I say, and silently ...

Hell for 75 cents Effie Caldarola

When I was a young woman, I went to the grocery store with my mom in the farm town where I grew up. It was before the days of computerized cash registers that automatically revealed the amount of change ...

Prayer precedes activismEffie Caldarola

The Wednesday after the presidential election was a very emotional day in America. Like millions of others, I was up way too late on election night, waiting for results to be clear before heading ...

'Tattoos on the heart' Effie Caldarola

The other day, I climbed out of bed a little before 4 a.m. to head to the Philadelphia airport. My kids live in three different time zones from one another and from my husband and me, and we'd just ...

Need and gift matched for a refugeeEffie Caldarola

Not too long ago, a 15-year-old refugee from Eritrea was found walking along the side of a road in Hampton, England. Just another statistic, perhaps, representing a microcosm of an enormous problem, ...

Compassionate acting Effie Caldarola

It was all over Facebook when I checked my posts the other day. There was Pope Francis, clad in the typical hospital green scrubs, with a mask as well, visiting the newborn section of an Italian hospital, ...

Welcoming the stranger with familiar foodEffie Caldarola

Although I've purchased plenty of groceries in a lifetime, last week was the first time I searched for halal meat. My Ignatian faith-sharing group is once again sponsoring a refugee family, and part ...

Welcoming the stranger Effie Caldarola

If you've been a carpooling parent, you've paid your dues. I paid mine with three kids in Catholic school. Years of soccer and hockey practices left my van with a lingering smell of sweaty socks. One ...