Weak, Hurting, Wasting Away…and Thankful

21. October 2015 Africa, Haiti, water 0
My recent bout of the stomach flu has made me grateful for some things: A comfortable bed. A toilet inside my home. Clean water when I’m dehydrated. Money for a doctor (and a vehicle to get to the clinic). Food to regain my strength. And of course, plenty of hygienic products to eradicate every last ...

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 ...

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

A renowned scholar, Saint Thomas Aquinas (1224-1275) is often referred to as the Third Entry of Aristotle into the world.  As a Dominican friar, he basically took much of the philosophical method of Aristotle and “Christianized” it, thus preparing the way for a “Natural Theology” to be based upon deductive reasoning. His inquiry begins 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 ...

Water Brings Forth New Life

20. June 2013 Africa, water 0
“It used to be very hard to get water. Without rain, we were traveling long distances and life was very difficult. Before, we used to take shifts at the water source because it would become so congested. People would come to use this one little tank and trough, arriving at 4 a.m. and continuing on ...

A Season of Success

23. April 2013 Africa, water 0
I first met Janet Kisari last February on a visit to Ewuaso Kedong, an area in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley devastated by cyclical drought. As a widow, she was then struggling to support her five children. Due to the dry climate, she used to spend half of every day fetching water just to meet the ...

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 ...

St. Francis Family Helper

13. December 2012 Africa, education 0
Gerald’s mom was left to raise four children when their dad deserted them. Her only source of income was a vegetable garden. Most of the food went to feed the family; any extra she sold to buy basic necessities. While other kids were in school Gerald and his siblings would help farm and do chores ...

Give Thanks

27. November 2012 Africa, water 0
Many of us spent this past Thanksgiving weekend enjoying special moments with family and friends. And whether your favorite part of the holiday was the abundant feast or the day of football, Thanksgiving universally represents a time to celebrate God’s blessings and his faithful provision. This year as I recounted my blessings, my mind kept ...