St. Francis of Assisi

The life of Francis of Assisi reminds us that people of holiness and greatness are not born that way. They become holy and great because they choose to act when God asks them to change the world, making his “kingdom come” on earth as it is in heaven. Francis began life as a spoiled rich ...

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul lived in eighteenth century France and saw all about him the needs of the poor and marginalized.  His desire was to help feed, shelter, and minister to the poorest of the poor at his time.  Much like what Cross Catholic Outreach desires to do today.  In order to care for the ...

A “Founding Father” We Remember and Honor

Msgr. Michael Patrick Aloysius Flanagan was the first Outreach Priest to join Cross Catholic Outreach in 2002. As one of the “Founding Fathers” in the ministry, he preached with great passion for the poorest of the poor, always making his appeals personal and deeply moving for those who heard him. He was incardinated into the ...

St. Thomas the Apostle – Patron Saint of India

Early Patristic literature and Christian tradition speak of St. Thomas the Apostle bringing the Christian faith to India. According to these writers, he landed at the port of Mylapore and baptized several Jewish converts there. Kerala, the most Christian part of India, claims him as the Apostle who first preached the good news to the ...

Our Patron Saint

People wonder sometimes about the icon hanging on the wall of our conference room. Its presence can be traced to our beginnings in 2001 when we started the custom of taking the first hour of the day for prayer and Bible study. Soon there were ten of us gathered in the conference room every morning. ...

St. Damien of Molokai

Damien was born Jozef de Veuster in Belgium in January, 1840.  He had a devout Catholic family with two sisters and a brother preceding him into Religious communities.  Like his brother, Auguste, he entered the Society of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Possessing a devotion to St. Francis Xavier, and longing to become ...

My Day at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast

Last week I attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time in about 25 years. What most impressed me was that the speakers emphasized that the NPB was organized by Christians who emphasized the centrality of Jesus. Jesus the Unifier They told stories of how Jesus was the unifier of Muslims and Christians because ...

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

A renowned scholar, Saint Thomas Aquinas (1224-1275) is often referred to as the Third Entry of Aristotle into the world.  As a Dominican friar, he basically took much of the philosophical method of Aristotle and “Christianized” it, thus preparing the way for a “Natural Theology” to be based upon deductive reasoning. His inquiry begins in ...