Full of Praise

In this puppet show, the students sing: “how big is God’s love? IT’S HUGE! So big you can’t be above it, so wide you can’t be beside it!” Up in the Nicaraguan highlands, there’s a little school in Estellí that’s achieving gigantic results for poor, at-risk kids. At Father Fabretto Children’s Foundation, more than 450 ...

The Language of Charity

25. February 2015 charity, Latin America 0
Last month, Fr. Raúl Monterroso and Bishop Bernabé Sagastume of Santa Rosa, Guatemala came to visit us at the Cross Catholic offices. It was more than a “thank you” for our support of their ministry. It was a cordial and fraternal gathering intended to encourage unity. The highlight was when Bishop Sagastume gave a morning ...

New Beginnings

08. January 2015 children, Latin America 0
I was walking the halls of Casa Alianza, a Cross Catholic-sponsored shelter for teen moms in Nicaragua, when I heard a story that literally stopped me in my tracks. It involved a 14-year-old girl who knocked on the front door of the home, saying, “I am told I am pregnant. What does that mean?” As ...

The Story of Little Cristal

14. August 2014 children, health care 0
Recently, Cross Catholic Outreach received a report that really touched me. It was about a little 1-year-old child named Cristal who showed up at a small local clinic we partner with in Estelí, Nicaragua. Her mother, Maria, was in a panic. “What can I do?” she asked. She told the clinic’s pediatrician, Dr. Soza, that ...

The Freedom to Worship

17. July 2014 Faith 0
Here’s a question for you: do you feel persecuted for being a Christian? Admittedly, religious freedom issues are a hot topic for many Americans. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the Lord’s Prayer was recited in school every day and the Ten Commandments stood as a monument on many courthouse lawns. But before ...

Will Pope Francis Abdicate?

24. June 2014 The Pope 0
Pope Francis shocked us all again last week, when he said in an interview that he may one day abdicate the papacy just like his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Remember our shock when Pope Benedict announced his abdication in 2013? Turns out, it may have been the start of a trend. In fact, Pope Francis said ...

Mission trip to Nicaragua

25. February 2014 children, water 0
Recently, when I was on a mission trip in Nicaragua, I was struck by how subdued all the little children were at each of my stops. I could certainly understand. After all, I would be intimidated if strangers walked into my village. But one would think you would still meet one or two outgoing kids. ...