Apr. 27: Peace by the Potbelly Stove

Lunchtime in New York City. Tourists rush from spot to spot, breathless from activity. Workers e-mail and text, frenetic in their daily routine.But inside the Potbelly Sandwich Shop, you’re likely to find a different world. The smiling staff welcomes customers, while a musician plays familiar songs on his guitar. Conversations take place—person to person, instead of phone to phone. The soothing smell of baked bread fills the air.The Potbelly Sandwich Shop chain began in 1977 in Chicago in … [Read more...]

Apr. 26: Building a Better Workplace

When employers and employees don’t treat each other with respect, a workplace can become stressful.  The Christophers’ founder, Maryknoll Father James Keller, gave this advice on creating a kinder, more productive business environment:“If you’re an employer, show those who work for you that you respect them and don’t regard them as mere cogs in a wheel.  If you’re an employee, give your employer his due in a spirit that shows you consider your work as something more than an obstacle on your w … [Read more...]

Apr. 25: The Gift of Human Beings

Though she achieved success as an actress, including as a co-star with Elvis Presley, Dolores Hart left Hollywood to become a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut, in 1962.  She had followed her spiritual calling, but it wasn’t until many years later that a debilitating disease took her relationship with God to a deeper level.In 1997, Mother Dolores was left wheelchair bound due to a mysterious illness that went undiagnosed for some time.  Finally, New York … [Read more...]

Apr. 24: A Clear Vision

On her first mission trip, to Guyana in South America, Jo Yerrick remembers fitting villagers—mostly children—with eyeglasses.“We had one little girl whose eyesight was so bad she couldn’t attend school,” Yerrick said.Finding a pair to fit her prescription in the box of 2,000 donated eyeglasses took a while.  But when Yerrick found the right pair and put them on the child, it opened her up to a whole new world in which she can now see better and get an education.The Michigan resident … [Read more...]

Apr. 23: Faithfulness in Little Things

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once wrote the following about the importance of being a person of character:“Faithfulness in great things is not uncommon; faithfulness in little things is rare but most indicative of character.  Almost any husband would leap into the sea or rush into a burning building to rescue his wife.  But to anticipate the convenience or happiness of the wife in some small matter, the neglect of which would go unnoticed, is a more eloquent proof of tenderness.“Our lives f … [Read more...]

Apr. 22: Raising a Cowboy for the Disabled

Twenty-seven-year-old Jamie Feretic of Queens, New York, decided to make a difference for the disabled in a somewhat unique way.  She is raising and training a Labrador Retriever puppy named Cowboy to potentially be a therapy dog for the charity Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).As reported in the Daily News, CCI provides dogs free-of-charge to “people who suffer from physical and mental disabilities.”  Volunteers like Feretic take in eight-week-old puppies, absorb the cost of caring f … [Read more...]

Apr. 21: Mariano Rivera Has Faith

Some sports writers dismiss professional athletes’ expressions of their religious faith, but Bob Raissman of the Daily News says he knows real spirituality when he sees it.“Forgive this mere mortal for passing judgment on such matters, but [Mariano] Rivera’s spirituality is sincere. His faith has carried him to this point and will take him even further,” Raissman writes.He notes that one reporter asked the New York Yankees’ pitcher how he’d remained so “dominant and durable” for so long … [Read more...]

Apr. 20: More Than Knowledge

One day when Thomas Aquinas was preaching to the local populace in Italy, the future saint saw an old woman listening attentively to his every word.Inspired by her eagerness to learn more about the God she loved so dearly, he said to the people, “It is better to be this unlearned woman, loving God with all her heart, than the most learned theologian lacking love.”A great theologian himself, Aquinas knew that our main avenue of approach to God is love.  Though he never belittled knowledge … [Read more...]