The Threefold Path: Prayer, Fasting & Alms.

14. February 2018 From the Field 0
Every year on Ash Wednesday, Christians around the globe receive a smudge or cross of ashes on their foreheads and are reminded they are dust and unto dust they shall return.  It is a reminder that the things of this world are passing and that our destination in life is union with the God who ...

Poor in the flesh, but rich in love.

24. January 2018 From the Field, water 0
It was just as well I didn’t speak Spanish, because I had no idea what to say. Even our host, who spoke the language fluently, fumbled for words.  Like me, he was stunned by this amazing Nicaraguan family. We were there to help, but I felt they had a great gift to offer us too. ...

The Struggle to Break the Cycle of Poverty

26. December 2017 From the Field 2
On a recent trip to Guatemala, I was reminded of how universal the love of a parent can be. I was visiting Hope of Life, and the ministry took me to the village of El Remolino – a poor community adjacent to a large municipal dump. While touring the village, I met a woman who ...

Joy to the World

12. December 2017 From the Field 1
When I was preparing to take my first trip as a Cross Catholic staff writer, I expected to encounter poverty in developing nations. I did not immediately consider the joy that I would find thriving, even in the most challenging regions of the earth. I have found it, though – especially among children. The resilient ...

In Everything Give Thanks

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.– 1 Thessalonians 5:18 I think the poor are the most grateful people I’ve ever encountered. Something as simple as a cup of clean drinkable water is celebrated! Poor families understand what it means to rely on God for ...

World Orphan Day

13. November 2017 From the Field 0
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.– 1 John 3:1 Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that orphans hold a special place in his heart, commanding his people to protect and care for the outcast and fatherless. In fact, ...

My Visit to the Dump

02. November 2017 From the Field 0
                On a recent mission trip to Guatemala, I had one of those experiences that hits you in the gut – the kind that’s so shocking it numbs the mind. While visiting Hope of Life in Zacapa, the ministry took us to the village of El Remolino – ...

A Rome pilgrimage: a transformative journey

22. September 2017 From the Field 0
Going on a pilgrimage has a long and well-respected history in the history of many faiths. Followers of the world’s great religions have included pilgrimage as part of their spiritual disciplines. For centuries, Muslims have journeyed to Mecca and Jews to Jerusalem. Several of the Psalms, notably numbers 120 through 134, are called the “Psalms ...