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  • Feb 26, 2015: Year of Consecrated Life: A Religious Vocation, a Learning Adventure
    Feb 26, 2015: The reasons for which I became a Franciscan Minor Brother are rooted in my childhood. In the 1960’s, when television entered our home for the first time, I was introduced to the outside world. Specifically,  documentaries showed me images of children suffering from malnourishment. Being from a poor, Spanish farming family of 13 brothers and sisters, I immediately identified with the extreme poverty, suffering, and malnutrition of those children. I remember telling my mom:  “mom, I want to do something for them.” 
  • Feb 24, 2015: Lenten Reflection: Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Executive Action
    Feb 24, 2015: Deuteronomy 10:19 So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.
  • Feb 18, 2015: Ash Wednesday: Commit to Immigration Reform
    Feb 18, 2015: Matthew 2:13-23 When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
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    Feb 13, 2015: 5 Ways to Help Clients With Their Taxes
    Feb 13, 2015: As an expression of social responsibility and solidarity, all immigrants, regardless of legal status, can and should file taxes.  Paying taxes is a meaningful way to promote the common good and an important means for immigrants to establish “good moral character.”  A requirement for people applying to become US citizens, “good moral character” is character which measures up to the standards of average citizens of the community in which the applicant resides and can be
  • Feb 11, 2015: All in the (CLINIC) Family
    Feb 11, 2015: Our commitment to supporting newcomers is personal and at CLINIC, we are inspired by friends who have overcome numerous obstacles to become naturalized US citizens.  Saba Hailu is one such friend, who journeyed from aspiring citizen to new American.  Saba’s determination strengthens our resolve to ensure that the foreign-born have access to opportunities for citizenship and civic participation.
  • Feb 5, 2015: First Annual International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
    Feb 5, 2015: February 8, 2015 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita and marks the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.  Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that exploits vulnerable persons, often taking victims across international borders and leaving them without the information or ability to flee their plight.  This day is an opportunity to reflect upon the factors in society that lead to trafficking, explore anti-trafficking efforts, and to advocate for the human dignity of this vulnerable group. 
  • Feb 3, 2015: Rita Dhakal Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary at CLINIC
    Feb 3, 2015: Rita Dhakal joined the Religious Immigration Section of CLINIC in June 2009.  She currently works with Attorney Megan Turngren to help to provide legal services to RIS clients.  In addition, Rita volunteers with Legal Services of Northern Virginia, where she interviews clients for case intake and placement for the Uncontested Divorce Clinic.
  • Jan 29, 2015: The Presentation of the Lord: Ordinary Acts of Extraordinary Love
    Jan 29, 2015: *The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Advent Reflection Series

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