When I was a little girl, I frequently asked my mom to tell me stories from her childhood. I loved hearing about her escapades with her sister and brothers, like the time she accidentally left crayons in her dad’s new car on a hot summer day and got in trouble when he found the melted wax all over the back dashboard, or the way her family came home one day to find her brother’s pet tadpoles had transformed into frogs and were hopping around the house. No matter how many times I’d heard these little stories before, I was always eager to hear them again.
Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that one of my favorite parts of my job is listening to people tell their stories. Being a reporter gives me a reason to ask people to share their stories with me, and a reason for them to do so, and then I feel privileged to help share those stories with a wider audience. Last month, I was lucky enough to have in-depth conversations with both Jack Foy, a World War II veteran who lives in Charlotte, and Father Tom Mull of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Geneva.
I learned a lot from each of these men. Father Mull, for example, told me he spends time every evening reflecting upon what he learned that day and how he can grow from the day’s experiences, and I absolutely love this idea.
My article about Father Mull is the first installment in our new Profiles in Faith series. Each installment will focus on a different local Catholic and how he or she lives out the Catholic faith. I’m pretty excited about the opportunity to listen to — and learn from — more people.
Bring on the stories!
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