Happy St. Stephen’s Day!

26. December 2012 Feast Day, Haiti, Saint 0
If you’re like me, you probably never paid much attention to the lyrics of Good King Wenceslas. Oddly enough, the classic Christmas carol says nothing about Christmas. It does, however, mention the “feast of Stephen,” which falls on December 26. Let’s face it – Christmas is a tough act to follow. But St. Stephen deserves ...

Christmastime is here!

25. December 2012 Christmas 0
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Or is it? After two months, if not more, of holiday planning, shopping, decorating, baking, etc., Christmas can seem almost anti-climactic – the cool down after the marathon. No more gifts to wrap, no more credit cards to max out, no more grumpy shoppers to wrestle for ...

Hail, Christ our King!

20. November 2012 Feast Day 0
Where are the borders of Christ’s kingdom? Are they racial? National? Planetary? Galactic? It seems absurd to try to place any limit on Christ’s reign. When we say his kingdom is “not of this world” (John 18:36), we’re not putting God in a box – we’re putting this world in a box and confessing that ...

Remembering Blessed John Paul II

22. October 2012 The Pope 0
Today, as American Catholics commemorate the first Memorial Feast of Blessed John Paul II today, I’d like to reflect on his view of poverty. Speaking at Yankee Stadium in 1979, Pope John Paul famously said: The poor of the United States and of the world are your brothers and sisters in Christ. You must never ...

Class of 2012

18. October 2012 education, Haiti 0
In Les Cayes, Haiti, Fr. Marc Boisvert recently held a graduation ceremony for his vocational school class of 2012. What an awesome sight to see these young men and women – who first came to the Cross Catholic Outreach supported Espwa Village as poor, hungry, ragged orphans and vulnerable children – now dressed in caps ...

St. Teresa of Avila

15. October 2012 prayer, Saint 0
Today is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, known for reforming the Carmelite order and writing a number of mystical works. Among her writings is her spiritual autobiography, The Interior Castle, in which she humbly describes her lifelong struggles with sin and temptation, even during her religious life in a convent. One of ...

Cheerful Givers

25. September 2012 Africa 0
When Africans observe the celebration of the Mass, they really celebrate! Here’s a video clip of parishioners joyfully worshiping together in the Tete province of Mozambique. They’ve come to sing, dance, pray and give of what little they have for the church offering. The scene reminds me of Psalm 100, “Shout for joy to the ...