St. Valentine

14. February 2016 Saint 0
Valentine is a favorite saint, receiving recognition well beyond the influence of the Catholic Church because of his association with love and lovers. Hallmark Cards, florists, restaurants and chocolate makers all capitalize on the day dedicated to the memory of this saint. Surprisingly, very little is actually known about the man. There are two traditional ...

Creating change one student at a time

Creating change one student at a time
I recently met up with the Cross Catholic Outreach-sponsored students at the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), a university scholarship program for impoverished, high-achieving students throughout Haiti, and wow – this group is impressive. These committed students are all working toward their medical degrees at the University of Notre Dame (UNDH), the country’s only ...

St. Blaise

03. February 2016 Saint 0
St. Blaise
In the early fourth century, a physician named Blaise became the Bishop of Sebastea in Armenia (known today as Silvas, Turkey). “The Acts of St. Blaise” gives us a rare biographical sketch of the man, and it attributes many healings and miracles to him — both during his life and through his intercession after his ...

Amigos for Christ

01. February 2016 Uncategorized 0
During recent Sunday morning breakfast, my mother said there were “some things” we needed to discuss. I put down my cereal spoon and sighed loudly. As she’s gotten older, the phrase “some things to discuss” has become a euphemism for “estate planning.” Seeing my lack of enthusiasm, my Mom quoted Ecclesiastes 7:11 – a tactic ...

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

28. January 2016 Saint 0
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 ...

The Moses Project

27. January 2016 Ecuador 0
The Moses Project
The Moses Project, an outreach to at-risk children in Quito, Ecuador, never fails to amaze and inspire me with selfless approach to serving the poor. I’m especially in awe of project director Maria Belen Hinojosa, whose life is a testament to God’s promise to restore the brokenhearted. “This project is not only a blessing for ...

A Truly Joyful Christmas

22. December 2015 Christmas 0
We want to send a special thank you to all of you who helped make our 2015 Box of Joy outreach a tremendous success! The following video shows Cross Catholic staff and volunteers hard at work preparing the thousands of boxes for shipment to little children in need in Guatemala and Haiti. A shoebox of ...

St. Francis Xavier

The feast of St. Francis Xavier helps us understand what each of us must do to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus in the world today. In the words of the saint – just do what God asks you to do. Francis Xavier was born into an aristocratic family during a time of great political upheaval ...

This Child Could Only Crawl. Now Watch Her Walk!

18. November 2015 Africa, children, medical 0
Six-year-old Mekdes Tesfaye, who suffers from cerebral palsy, takes joyful steps thanks to free therapy and an orthotic device provided through the Brothers of Good Works’ Community-Based Rehabilitation program in Addis Ababa. This life-changing Catholic program is providing new freedoms and bringing great joy to kids like Mekdes through the generous support of Cross Catholic ...

My Day in the Slum

05. November 2015 children, poverty 0
I don’t know which affected me more – the old man sprawled out on a bed of garbage or the lonely baby crying out for comfort. I wanted to weep about both but I was too numb with shock. I had only been in Nairobi’s sprawling Huruma slum for about an hour and I was ...