One of my earliest memories is one day as I was riding to kindergarten with my mother at the wheel. Suddenly, we heard the shrill alarm of an ambulance bearing down on us from behind.

          “Quick! Say a prayer!” said Mom as she pulled to the side of the road to let the ambulance pass.

          I asked why. At four years old, I was used to saying nightly prayers only for the people I knew.

          “You can always pray for anyone you don’t know”, she explained. “You may not know the person, but God does. Every time you hear a siren, it means someone is in trouble and they need help. So always say a prayer when you hear a siren. Your prayers may be the only ones sent up for that stranger in need.”