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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De-clutter this Lent, for a good cause

Posted by - March 3, 2017

My kids and I read a children’s book a few years ago about a sweet little (cartoon) mole who was content with the little that he owned: a small home with a single bed and pillow, one little shelf for books and one cup for tea, along with a taste for simple pleasures such as

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Posted by - February 23, 2017

Within 30 hours of their plane’s touchdown at Saipan’s airport, the two visitors had met with our Bishop, the Governing Board, staff and volunteers of Karidat, and they had been taken on a driving tour of the island, for a little sightseeing. Phew. And here they were, the two representatives of Catholic Charities USA, ready

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The Church must practice love

Posted by - February 17, 2017

“I wear a size 10, or even a 10 ½,” he said as he leaned his face down toward the gap in the window so that we could hear him from behind the glass that separates our office from the outside hallway. “See these old ones?” and he pointed to the shoes and held up

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Karidat and Human Trafficking Awareness in CNMI

Posted by - February 12, 2017

“Lord, please send some generous person who will help get me out of this place.” This was the prayer of a teenage girl, trapped in servitude and forced to work against her will. We found the prayer penciled into the back of a journal she kept during her captivity, and which was used as evidence

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