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 ...

“God…is on the side of the weak and meek”

18. September 2012 Africa, health care 0
Sister Fabiola Jolanta Lech, a midwife with the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, provides health care for poor, rural Ethiopian families at the Cross Catholic Outreach-funded Minne Health Post. Recently, Sr. Fabiola wrote to us about how God is using her to make a difference: Once I visited the Minne area and saw ...

Rescuing Filipino Children from the Slums

24. July 2012 poverty 0
Visiting Friendship Home for the first time, you’d think the children at this Catholic after-school program were relatively well-off. They seem bright, lively, well-fed, courteous and disciplined. Visit them in their homes, and your whole perspective changes.  If these children appear “well-off,” it is a tribute the Friendship Home’s uplifting environment and wonderful programs. One ...

Motivated for change

Meet Sebastian! He’s a 2nd grade student at La Buena Esperanza, a Catholic-run primary school that’s been partnering with Cross Catholic Outreach to serve very poor families in the dusty shantytown of Villa El Salvador, Peru. Sebastian’s family was among a group that was forced to relocate after being evicted from the property they’d been ...

Assignment from the Vatican

30. May 2012 Africa 0
Have you heard?  Cross Catholic Outreach is expanding its collaborative relationship with the Vatican’s own charity organization, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. It’s an opportunity to work on a project selected by the Holy Father himself! Over the years, Cross Catholic Outreach has enjoyed a close relationship with Cor Unum, and we have assisted with ...