Making a Difference

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  • To Give or Not to Give

    by Simcha Fisher

    The Church is clear about charitable giving: Helping people in need is a serious obligation for Catholics. It should also be a joy. One way to make charitable giving more pleasant is to give to an organization that means something to us—a charity … read more

  • Summer Programs at UD Readied Me for College

    by Vincent Athas

    The summer of 2009, I participated in the Arete program at the University of Dallas (UD). Over the next two weeks, other participants and I discussed the great questions that have fascinated mankind since the dawn of time.   After a morning lecture to get … read more

  • Twelve Questions to Ask Before Giving Money to Charity

    by Simcha Fisher

    “Give, save, spend.” That’s the formula we tell our children when we teach them how to handle money—and it’s a formula that translates well into our adult lives.   Most of us have spending down pat, and we have at … read more

  • The University of Dallas Experience

    by Jonah Selner

    Here is another in our series of student testimonies to supplement our 2013 College Guide.   My University of Dallas experience includes four years at a small Catholic university that offers a life-changing study abroad program and a rigorous … read more

  • Our Lady's Rosary Makers

    by Robyn Lee

    Since October is the month of the Rosary, Catholic Digest spoke with Michael Ford, the president and general manager of Our Lady’s Rosary Makers. He believes Our Lady lead him to this work through daily praying the Rosary.   WHO WE ARE: … read more

  • My Home Away from Home

    by Vivian Ivette Cabrera

    To supplement our fall College Guide, we're featuring some stories from college kids about their experiences. --CD   My whole life, I’ve dreamed of attending a private Catholic school. My Abuelita, or grandmother, instilled in me a desire … read more

  • "I Have Learned to Listen to That Voice"

    by Sandy Wolniakowski

    Sandy Wolniakowski, Haiti Outreach coordinator for St. Joseph Parish in Pewamo, Michigan, shares the important work of Sister Luvia Joseph, founder of St. Alphonse de Liguori School in Haiti. WHO IS SISTER LUVIA JOSEPH?   Sister Luvia Joseph is… read more

  • CRS Rice Bowl

    by Rebecca Ryskind Teti

    Lent is upon us, believe it or not, and as we think through the prayer and fasting regimens we ought to take on to prepare for Easter, let's not forget about almsgiving -- the neglected sister of the trio of practices the Church recommends for spiritual … read more

  • Catholic credit unions are financially and faith focused

    by Kathleen Eppich and Barbara Sulik

    It’s been a brisk year for bank shutdowns — by June, 90 banks nationwide had closed their doors. In comparison, only 10 credit unions closed. Catholic credit unions are unique because they are formed and nurtured by people who have the same… read more

  • When Catholics Give

    by Dan Conway

    How much is “enough”? Must we “give ’til it hurts”? What are some good guidelines, and questions to ask ourselves, to determine whether we’re being appropriately generous?   The Gospel answer is radical: &ldquo… read more