St. Vincent de Paul

This feast day of St. Vincent de Paul offers us a perfect opportunity to consider the topic of poverty and our role in bringing comfort and hope to those who suffer. St. Vincent de Paul lived in eighteenth century France and saw all about him the needs of the poor and marginalized.  His desire was ...

Pope Francis’ “Church for the poor”

Much has been said about the humility and compassion of former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. In keeping with his reputation, at his inauguration Mass today, Pope Francis I began his reign by focusing on “the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those who Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the ...

Christmas Catalog

04. December 2012 Advent 0
Around this time of year, you hear those two words a lot. “I need new shoes” “I need a new car” or “I need to eat.”It seems that usually in America we can use the terms “I need” and “I would like to have” interchangeably, without it making much of a difference in the meaning. ...

Christian Advocacy: Lessons from Moses

I often meet people who think that what we do at Micah Challenge is new—Christian advocacy for the poor and marginalized. Thankfully, we are not the first to heed this call, and there are many heroes we can draw inspiration from. God has been using his followers to hold political leaders accountable for generations. One ...

Advocacy as Christian Stewardship?

28. September 2012 poverty 0
We hear about people in extreme poverty and we are compelled to respond—largely our immediate response is to give money. Why do we give? Ultimately our money belongs to God so what better way to use it than to feed, clothe, and protect His most vulnerable children? Going a step further I’ve heard a number ...

True Gratitude

The Gospel reading at Sunday’s Mass hit home to those of us who work at Cross International Catholic Outreach. That’s because Matthew 25:31-46 is a foundational scripture for us—a reminder to see Jesus in every hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, imprisoned, or impoverished person we serve. The poor in developing countries often give us a fresh ...

Demonstrating God’s Love

The world is abuzz about this weekend’s biggest event: England’s royal wedding between Prince William and Catherine (aka Kate) Middleton. Thousands of spectators are already lining the expected wedding route, and top media outlets promise to begin coverage at 4 a.m. Eastern Time the day of the big event. The royal wedding has us thinking ...