Learning from the Poor

18. March 2014 Africa, education 0
When Pope Francis exhorts us to see the face of Jesus in the suffering poor, that doesn’t mean poverty automatically makes a person Christ-like. Even so, those who are lowly in the world’s eyes are often just the sort of people God uses to humble the high and mighty by demonstrating a life rich in ...

A Word for the New Year

03. January 2014 Africa, Haiti 0
What’s your “word” for the New Year? Did you know you’re supposed to have one? In keeping with the current trend of compressing every thought into a Twitter-sized soundbite, some have decided that traditional New Year’s resolutions just won’t do. Instead, you can opt for a New Year’s word. It’s a more abstract alternative, and ...

What if this had happened there?

09. July 2013 Haiti 0
A couple weeks ago, a motor-scooter accident I had on the way to the office gave me a new perspective on asphalt – a very, very close one. God spared me from serious injury, and I was able to pick up the bike and ride it the rest of the way to my destination, but ...

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

This Saturday is the feast day of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. God couldn’t have chosen a more diametrically opposed pair than these two men to lead his Church – Peter the rugged fisherman and Paul the learned scholar. Come to think of it, Jesus’ disciples seemed like a motley crew in general. ...

Praying for a Miracle

Two weeks ago, our Guatemala ministry partner Esperanza de Vida rescued a starving teenage girl named Mirza Lopez, who weighed in at a vanishingly small 19 pounds. That’s less than the size of my 7-month-old son! Mirza also suffers from paralysis as a result of contracting polio at a young age. She lost her mother ...

The Triune God: the heart of holistic ministry

28. May 2013 Mass, Spirituality 0
The Gospel reading for Trinity Sunday Mass was  John 16:12-15, where Jesus declares his divine authority – “All that belongs to the Father is mine” – and his connection with the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday reminds us that a holistic approach to poverty relief flows from a holistic view of God. Our God is one, ...

New Chairman, Same Mission

09. May 2013 thank you 0
Please give a warm welcome to our new chairman of the board, Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi! As you may know, Archbishop Rodi has a long history with Cross Catholic Outreach as a trusted and faithful member of our board of directors – and he brings an impressive resume. Since his ordination to the priesthood in ...