Hey kids, look what you could do!

Posted by - May 13, 2017

It is “sacraments season” right now. Many of you young children of our diocese will be receiving your First Communion this weekend, and some of you young adults will be celebrating Confirmation. For anyone who has not yet chosen a patron saint, or if you are looking for inspiration from children who are saints, there

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Being “The World” To Just One Person

Posted by - May 4, 2017

“Our impact is greater than the number of people served.” This quote hangs on Lauri Ogumoro’s office wall. She snipped it out of a Catholic Charities magazine awhile back and it has been there ever since. She even made copies and distributed them to rest of the staff, too. It is good to remember that

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The Perks of Fatigue

Posted by - April 29, 2017

“What have I even accomplished today?” Have you ever caught yourself asking that question at the end of the workday? Sometimes it is hard to point to anything specific that you can check off the list. When the flood of work just keeps pouring down, it can be difficult to feel like you are making

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Corporal Works of Mercy

Posted by - April 23, 2017

Before Easter I promised to follow up with my quiz from two weeks ago about the corporal works of mercy. They are guidelines which provide a model for our how to treat others, “as if they were Christ in disguise.” (USCCB) Can you name all seven now? I had only mentioned the first; do you

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Easter Joy & the Chance for a New Life

Posted by - April 15, 2017

“I was helped by you and Karidat. Now it is my turn. I want to do a job that would be helpful for people. I am living a happy life every day. Thank you so much!!!” “Thank you for being there for me. I am still strong and standing.” At Easter we reflect on fresh

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Do NOT feed the hungry?

Posted by - April 7, 2017

Time for a quick quiz: Can you name all seven of the Corporal Works of Mercy? See if you can list them all. Next week I will check back in and see how you performed on that little test. For now, let me help you out with the first one: “Feed the Hungry” At the

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Small World

Posted by - March 30, 2017

Right now it is possible to take a direct flight from the Philippines to Saipan. It is almost easy to get here from PI. But that is not even close to the route Sister Stella Mangona traveled 18 years ago from PI to the CNMI. Sister’s life itinerary is one that no travel agent would

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Give Back

Posted by - March 24, 2017

(This week’s column is written by a long-time volunteer and worker at Karidat who writes from the heart.) I’m in my fifth decade of existence on Mother Earth and reflecting on what I did at the end of the day is part of my prayer to end my day. Did I fulfill my purpose? Did

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Pope Francis’ Unusual Fasting Ideas

Posted by - March 16, 2017

Fasting from food is not recommended on a daily basis. You would grow weak and tired very quickly. The sort of fast Pope Francis advocates is different and it could be practiced every day of the year because it is actually good for you. Even kids (who are not officially required to participate in the

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Fast, Pray, Give — Karidat Version

Posted by - March 9, 2017

Fast: -Skip a meal, in solidarity with the hungry -Refrain from “extras” and drop the extra dollars or pennies into the Sunday collection baskets -Forgo “screen time.” Offer it up for people in prison who are often bored -Skip a favorite activity or hobby in honor of those who have restricted personal freedom -Fast from

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