Honorable Mentions in Haiti

18. April 2013 Haiti 0
Evens, Senat, Lifaite and Ecclesias are still living in the Village, but no longer just as receivers of goodwill. They are also givers. They’ve been reaching out to poor children in a small community near Camp-Perrin with food, fun and guidance. Most of the children they’re working with have illiterate parents and, unless someone intervenes, ...

Rescuing Girls in Kenya

16. April 2013 Africa, children 0
There’s a long-running debate in the mission field about when to embrace local customs and when to resist them. How do we draw the line between mere cultural differences and a serious ethical rift? Sometimes, though, we come across a tradition so antithetical to Christ’s love that there is no gray area. One such practice ...

He is Risen!

28. March 2013 Easter 0
We’re at an interesting point in the religious calendar, sandwiched between the Annunciation and Easter – the beginning and end of the Gospel story – within a week of each other. The proximity drives home the point that what makes Monday’s Annunciation so glorious is Friday’s crucifixion and Sunday’s resurrection. We care about a Jewish ...

Message from Ethiopia

26. March 2013 charity, women 0
Sister Brikti Tesfay of the Daughters of Charity sends us thanks from Ethiopia, where Cross Catholic Outreach is funding a project to help vulnerable women attain financial stability. Sr. Brikti writes: Working with the poor is morally empowering. Every day I listen to their stories. When I let them narrate their stories, I see on ...

Thoughts for St. Joseph’s Day

19. March 2013 Faith, Feast Day, Saint 0
Little is known about the life of St. Joseph. Back in the 1st century, there were no paparazzi to spy on the daily activities of all of Jesus’ family members. But the basic facts are impressive enough: a simple Jewish carpenter, a “righteous man,” appointed with the responsibility of raising God’s own Son. I’m not ...

Lent and Sacrifice

26. February 2013 Lent 0
Have you ever stopped to think, “What a blessing to live in a country where abstention from meat for a day is a sacrifice rather than the norm!” Here in the U.S., the modest Lenten requirements can feel painful to our bodies, conditioned as we are to instant gratification of every minor craving. Yet, I’ve ...

Light for the Nations

24. January 2013 Mass, Spirituality 0
From Sunday’s Mass reading: Thus says the LORD: Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I have put my spirit; he shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making his voice heard in the street. a bruised reed he ...