Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/16/2014 (2 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Our youthful heroine finds herself over her head in no time

Kianna found herself on the leather car seat of her newfound friend's Mercedes, a man as old as her lost father. His name was Satyajit, but he insisted that Kianna call him "Jo." He was navigating through the hot, dusty streets of Delhi, now more a world away with the car's blasting air conditioner behind smoky windows. "So, where are we going, Jo?"

Kianna didn't recognize the landscape speeding past the car's windows - just deteriorating houses, disused markets, abandoned cars and the like.

Kianna didn't recognize the landscape speeding past the car's windows - just deteriorating houses, disused markets, abandoned cars and the like.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/16/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: India, starvation, abduction, fiction story


LOS ANGELES, Ca (Catholic Online) - "I'll be taking to you my house, where you can eat lots of delicious things, and we can talk further," Jo said.

Kianna looked at all the glittering rings that decorated Jo's fingers

It doesn't have to be this way for children like Kianna -- see how you can help by going here!

"Do you live in town?" Kianna asked.

"I live at this compound outside of town," Jo said. Kianna didn't recognize the landscape speeding past the car's windows - just deteriorating houses, disused markets, abandoned cars and the like. She knew very little about the town she lived in, other than her family shack with her infirm mother and two younger brothers, and the few blacks from the marketplace where she begged every day.

Both Kianna and Jo spoke very little then. The car lurched forward, on expensive tires pummeling dirt roads, interrupted by Kianna's growling stomach.

Eventually, Jo commandeered the car up a winding road. Kianna vaguely remembered taking this road the time she did go to school on the bus. There were few homes and just a few scrubby trees and bushes here. Homes with high surrounding walls dotted the road. Some of the walls were lined with spikes, to keep thieves out - or some people in.

Jo pulled up to one of the homes with a high surrounding wall. It was large, the largest Kianna had yet seen. Jo parked and turned off the car's engine.

"We're home. My home is your home, and vice-versa," he said.

Jo led Kianna through the gates and a large courtyard, where there were plants, landscaping and fountains. It was all very beautiful - but uninviting. Kianna felt that this was not a home, but a place of business.

Jo then led Kianna to a kitchen with a long wooden table. An unsmiling, old woman placed a heaping plate of brown rice in front of her. Famished, Kianna began to scoop up the hot, burning rice with her own hands. "Kianna, please! Use a fork," Jo said, placing a utensil in her hand.

Kianna gobbled up the rice when the stern old woman then placed a platter of broccoli, deep-fried and spiced to perfection before her. It was a delicacy that Kianna was unaccustomed to, and she too began to make short work of the vegetable.

"Here, try some sauce with that," Jo said. He placed a small platter of sauce next to Kianna's plate, gulping this down, Kianna couldn't remember when she ever tasted food this good.

After she was satiated from the meal, Jo offered her a cloth napkin to clean her hands.

"So . does your family live in Delhi?" Jo asked.

"Yes. I live with my mom and my two brothers. I don't know where my dad is. My mom used to work in the textile plant in town, but the dyes in the cloth began to get to her, so she mainly just stays home and tries to get better," Kianna said.

"So - how does your family manage to live?" Jo asked.

"Mainly what I bring home from the market. A few rupees. Sometimes, when no one is looking, I steal some bread and milk. No one ever notices that those things go missing," she said.

"So, you're supporting your family? And you're only 12 years old?" Jo said with a warm smile. "That's wonderful."

"Yes, I need to go home to see them now. Is it okay with you if I take some rice along? With some vegetables?"

"Kianna, I'm going to show how you can help your family so that they're never go hungry again. And you don't have to steal or beg for change ever again," Jo said with a smile that was shark-like.

"How am I going to do that?" Kianna asked. "I haven't gone to school in years!"

"Just follow me, and we will begin the process," Jo said. The perpetually frowning woman that had served them appeared over Jo's shoulder.

Leading Kianna down a hallway, Jo opened a door. It was a room without pictures or windows on the wall. Nothing but a few sheets on a sparkling, clean linoleum floor.

"Here, wait here," Jo said, ushering in Kianna.

"What do you want me to do?" Kianna asked nervously.

Jo and the old woman stepped out of the room, turned off the light and slammed the door shut.

To be continued --    

You can read how Kianna can into her predicament Part I -- by going here --

And you can learn how she met her very special friend Part II -- by going here --

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


ę 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Living Faith

Why do Catholics love the crucifix so much?

Image of The crucifix is an important part of our Catholic identity.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The crucifix is a quintessentially Catholic icon. Although other Christians fondly and proudly display the cross, it is the crucifix that is largely unique to the Catholics. Why is the symbol of the death of Christ so important to Catholics? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Nuclear weapons still threaten the world

Image of Nuclear weapons still threaten the world.

By Tony Magliano

You are within 30 minutes of being incinerated from nuclear weapons! If you live in or near a large U.S. city or major military installation, you are in harm's way. And when considering that radiation fallout from a nuclear attack would hurt virtually everyone, we are ... continue reading


POPE: 'A man who is alone ends up bitter, not fruitful, and he gossips about others' Watch

Image of The pope told the priests that

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"A man who is alone ends up bitter, not fruitful, and he gossips about others." Those are the words of the Pope, speaking out during a meeting with 123 priests working in the Diocese of Caserta along with 19 bishops from Italy's Campania region this past ... continue reading


UPROOTED: Largest displacement of worldwide religious communities reached last year Watch

Image of In the nation of Central African Republic, widespread lawlessness and violence between Christians and Muslims resulted in at least 700 deaths in Bangui in December -- alone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The year of 2013 turned out to be a very grim year indeed for religious tolerance and diversity. Millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Papal visit to US not confirmed, but archbishop confident

Image of Pope Francis coming to Philly next September!

By Catholic News Agency (News Consortium)

Lets all Pray that Pope Francis comes to visit us here in the United States of America. Philadelphia, PA  (CNA/EWTN) - Reports that Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 remain unconfirmed by the Vatican; however, ... continue reading


Catholic should be a way of life, not just a Sunday thing

Image of Catholic means universal. It's time to apply that to how we live.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

To know the way forward, we must look to the past. As the very first chapter Ecclesiastes tells us, "there is no new thing under the sun," meaning that everything we think of as new is actually old and whatever we can imagine has been imagined, and even tried by those ... continue reading


Let the Holy Spirit Teach us How to Become Prayer Watch

Image of St. Paul wrote to the early Christians in Greece, telling them to pray without ceasing. (1 Th. 5:16-19) They did not live lives of ease, in any sense of the word. They had families, occupations, bills, and yes, difficulties and struggles beyond what many of us could imagine. They also suffered greatly for their faith. Yet, he instructed them to Pray without ceasing. Did he really mean it? I believe that he did.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

When the Spirit dwells in a person, from the moment in which that person has become prayer, he never leaves him. For the Spirit himself never ceases to pray in him. Whether the person is asleep or awake, prayer never from then on departs from his soul. Whether he ... continue reading


Pope Francis meets, blesses Sudanese woman condemned to death for faith Watch

Image of Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death for apostasy, but has since escaped her sentence and left Sudan.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has met and blessed the Sudanese woman who was recently condemned to death for her faith. Meriam Ibrahim was condemned to death in Sudan for the crime of apostasy. VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis has met and blessed Meriam Ibrahim at the ... continue reading


MIRACLE IN ENGLAND: God's face smiles over Norfolk, or is it Sean Connery or Karl Marx? Watch

Image of This image is suspected to show the face of God in clouds over Norfolk, however, it may also be the face of Karl Marx or Sean Connery.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The English have long thought themselves special, and a new photograph from Norfolk in England may just prove that God does indeed smile on the English. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took an image that shows a face in ... continue reading


Pope Francis to visit Mafia stronghold this weekend Watch

Image of Pope Francis' stance against organized crime is seen as remarkable; the Mafia and the Catholic Church have previously been seen by many as having

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Incensed about the loss of innocent life in his immediate surroundings, Pope Francis plans to travel to the Mafia stronghold of Caserta, near Naples this weekend in an effort to set things right. The murder of three-year-old Nicola "Coco" Campolongo, a boy who ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 18:1-6
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh as ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 146:1-2, 2-4, 5-6
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, my soul!2 I ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:47-53
47 'Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a dragnet ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 31st, 2014 Image

St. Ignatius Loyola
July 31: St. Ignatius was born in the family castle in Guip˙zcoa, Spain, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter