God’s Presence in the Prison

17. February 2018 Uncategorized 0
I was apprehensive about tagging along with the Cap-Haitien Prison Ministry in Haiti. I had heard stories about prisons in developing countries, but I had never seen one for myself. Would it be shocking?  Would the suffering be overwhelming?  Was I prepared for what I would see? It turned out to be one of the ...

The Threefold Path: Prayer, Fasting & Alms.

14. February 2018 From the Field 0
Every year on Ash Wednesday, Christians around the globe receive a smudge or cross of ashes on their foreheads and are reminded they are dust and unto dust they shall return.  It is a reminder that the things of this world are passing and that our destination in life is union with the God who ...

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas was the youngest of nine children born to noble parents in the Kingdom of Sicily.  Following the tradition of the times, five-year-old Thomas was sent to the Abbey of Monte Cassino to train among Benedictine monks.  He continued his studies with the Benedictine at the University of Naples but became interested in serving with ...

Poor in the flesh, but rich in love.

24. January 2018 From the Field, water 0
It was just as well I didn’t speak Spanish, because I had no idea what to say. Even our host, who spoke the language fluently, fumbled for words.  Like me, he was stunned by this amazing Nicaraguan family. We were there to help, but I felt they had a great gift to offer us too. ...

The Struggle to Break the Cycle of Poverty

26. December 2017 From the Field 2
On a recent trip to Guatemala, I was reminded of how universal the love of a parent can be. I was visiting Hope of Life, and the ministry took me to the village of El Remolino – a poor community adjacent to a large municipal dump. While touring the village, I met a woman who ...

Joy to the World

12. December 2017 From the Field 1
When I was preparing to take my first trip as a Cross Catholic staff writer, I expected to encounter poverty in developing nations. I did not immediately consider the joy that I would find thriving, even in the most challenging regions of the earth. I have found it, though – especially among children. The resilient ...

In Everything Give Thanks

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 I think the poor are the most grateful people I’ve ever encountered. Something as simple as a cup of clean drinkable water is celebrated! Poor families understand what it means to rely on God for ...

World Orphan Day

13. November 2017 From the Field 0
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.– 1 John 3:1 Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that orphans hold a special place in his heart, commanding his people to protect and care for the outcast and fatherless. In fact, ...