Heroes in Zone 18

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. – John 1:5 On my recent trip to Guatemala City, I learned firsthand what life is like for poor children from the toughest parts of town. Gang activity, domestic violence and extreme poverty are daily realities in the infamous area known as ...

You Are Loved

08. March 2016 From the Field 0
As women, the challenge began with a serpent’s seemingly innocent question: “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden?’” Translation: “Eve, if God really loved you, why would he withhold something good from you? Do you have any real value to God?” While secular culture has doubled down on its ...

Creating change one student at a time

Creating change one student at a time
I recently met up with the Cross Catholic Outreach-sponsored students at the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), a university scholarship program for impoverished, high-achieving students throughout Haiti, and wow – this group is impressive. These committed students are all working toward their medical degrees at the University of Notre Dame (UNDH), the country’s only ...

Amigos for Christ

01. February 2016 From the Field 0
During recent Sunday morning breakfast, my mother said there were “some things” we needed to discuss. I put down my cereal spoon and sighed loudly. As she’s gotten older, the phrase “some things to discuss” has become a euphemism for “estate planning.” Seeing my lack of enthusiasm, my Mom quoted Ecclesiastes 7:11 – a tactic ...

The Moses Project

27. January 2016 From the Field 0
The Moses Project
The Moses Project, an outreach to at-risk children in Quito, Ecuador, never fails to amaze and inspire me with selfless approach to serving the poor. I’m especially in awe of project director Maria Belen Hinojosa, whose life is a testament to God’s promise to restore the brokenhearted. “This project is not only a blessing for ...

A Truly Joyful Christmas

22. December 2015 From the Field 0
We want to send a special thank you to all of you who helped make our 2015 Box of Joy outreach a tremendous success! The following video shows Cross Catholic staff and volunteers hard at work preparing the thousands of boxes for shipment to little children in need in Guatemala and Haiti. A shoebox of ...

This Child Could Only Crawl. Now Watch Her Walk!

18. November 2015 From the Field 0
Six-year-old Mekdes Tesfaye, who suffers from cerebral palsy, takes joyful steps thanks to free therapy and an orthotic device provided through the Brothers of Good Works’ Community-Based Rehabilitation program in Addis Ababa. This life-changing Catholic program is providing new freedoms and bringing great joy to kids like Mekdes through the generous support of Cross Catholic ...

My Day in the Slum

05. November 2015 From the Field 0
I don’t know which affected me more – the old man sprawled out on a bed of garbage or the lonely baby crying out for comfort. I wanted to weep about both but I was too numb with shock. I had only been in Nairobi’s sprawling Huruma slum for about an hour and I was ...