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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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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