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    Feb 12, 2013: A Lenten Call to Embrace Acts of Charity
    Feb 12, 2013: Do you know the three tenets of Lenten observance?  No, they're not "giving up chocolate," exercising daily" or "reading the newspaper."  To better understand the paschal mystery, we are called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  It may be difficult to imagine embracing these pillars of Lenten practice over the next 40 days but, I believe a focus on almsgiving may be a gratifying and benevolent way to start on your journey toward a more holy life.  There are so many worthy causes in need of attention, time and resources but, due to the Old Testament symbolism of Lent...
  • Jan 28, 2013: CLINIC Holds Unique, “Mega” Workshop Training Event in Los Angeles
    Jan 28, 2013: On November 16 and 17, CLINIC provided a unique training event in Los Angeles on how to plan and implement a large scale, “mega” group application workshop.  The first of its kind, this two-day event combined one day of interactive, hands-on training and a second day of experience participating in an actual mega workshop organized by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles.  The goal of this event, held at the Mid-Valley Regional Branch Library in North Hills, California, was to promote the effective use of mega workshops to serve immigrants on a large scale with...
  • Jan 7, 2013: Do Immigration Laws Deny Religious Freedom?
    Jan 7, 2013: Religious freedom is a cornerstone of our democracy.  But what happens when the laws of our country prohibit the pursuit and participation of our Catholic faith?  A common but little discussed issue in the world of religious immigration law involves those undocumented persons who are called to religious life.  A young man or woman is called by God to become a Catholic Sister, Brother, or Priest but because of his/her immigration status, he/she is unable to fulfill the call or faces many obstacles to pursuing religious life.   A person may be turned away from a...
  • Dec 19, 2012: Joyful Anticipation
    Dec 19, 2012: As we enter into this third week of Advent, it is important to recall  what we celebrated on Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday.  The first two readings this Sunday spoke of joy and the joyful anticipation that all of us now have for the arrival of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.  In fact, this year has been filled with many moments of joyful anticipation. The calendar year began with a proposed new process for unlawful presence waivers for certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens.  Families that would have had long separations waiting for their waiver applications to be...
  • Dec 11, 2012: Las Posadas: An Invitation to Hospitality
    Dec 11, 2012: Beginning this Sunday, December 16, through Christmas Eve many Catholic communities will celebrate Las Posadas. In this Advent procession, the faithful re-enact the journey of Joseph and Mary as they seek shelter, or posada, and are repeatedly turned away until finally welcomed into a home where a celebration takes place.  Las Posadas is a communal expression of faith that reminds us of the humble beginnings of Jesus Christ and how the idea of welcoming the stranger began with his own birth. The theme of migration and invitation to hospitality would continue...
  • Dec 4, 2012: Advent and the Year of Faith: a Time for Renewed Spiritual Commitment
    Dec 4, 2012: Are you ready?  No, I'm not asking if you've decorated your Christmas tree or crossed items off of your shopping list.  Have you considered how you will embark on the journey of faith that is encouraged of each of us during this season of Advent and, particularly, in the Church's "Year of Faith?" In his "Motu Propio," Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 as the "Year of Faith" and invited the faithful everywhere to "communicate Christ to individuals and all people in the Church's pilgrimage along the pathways of history."  The...
  • Nov 6, 2012: The Only DREAM That Shines Brighter Than the Arizona Sun…
    Nov 6, 2012: Imagine sleeping on the sidewalk in 90+ degree Arizona weather with only a manila envelope full of documents as your pillow. To the average youth, this may seem like the ultimate torture. To others, it may seem as the norm as they await the release of the newest smart phone or the latest version of that coveted videogame. But to a select few, this sacrifice is only the beginning of a bright future. It has been more than four months since President Barack Obama announced his plans to implement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States. Ever since...
  • Oct 24, 2012: A Helping Hand: The Road towards a Better Future
    Oct 24, 2012: I’m Alfredo Rivas and I have been living in the United States for 11 years.   My arrival in the United States was a confusing time, but one thing I knew was that I wanted to be together with my family.  The thought of being separated from them would be like waking up in a dark room, where no matter where you look, all you find is darkness.   As time progressed, I quickly found myself falling in love with this country and everything it stands for.  I have made many close friends and valuable memories that I will forever treasure.  The thought that I could one day wake...

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