My Day at the 2014 National Prayer Breakfast

Last week I attended the National Prayer Breakfast for the first time in about 25 years. What most impressed me was that the speakers emphasized that the NPB was organized by Christians who emphasized the centrality of Jesus. Jesus the Unifier They told stories of how Jesus was the unifier of Muslims and Christians because ...

“New Mission, New Hope”

24. October 2013 prayer, Priests & Nuns 0
Several years ago, as I walked with Sr. Gina through the streets of Manila, she was leading a motley crew of street kids to a classroom, where she lovingly taught them. She’d borrowed the classroom from a local school; she’d obtained the curriculum from the Philippines government — and she’d recruited her students straight from ...

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

This Saturday is the feast day of the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. God couldn’t have chosen a more diametrically opposed pair than these two men to lead his Church – Peter the rugged fisherman and Paul the learned scholar. Come to think of it, Jesus’ disciples seemed like a motley crew in general. ...

Full-time Christians

19. May 2013 prayer 0
Today, we celebrate one of the most important events in the history of mankind, the arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Here is the thrilling account as described in Acts 2:1-4: When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind ...

Crazy Obedience

14. March 2013 prayer, Saint 0
When Pat was a teen, he was kidnapped, taken to an island and forced to serve a warlord. Six grueling years later, a voice whispered to him in his sleep, “Your hungers are rewarded. You are going home. Look, your ship is ready!” Pat soon escaped to a ship and made it off the island. ...

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 ...

True Gratitude

The Gospel reading at Sunday’s Mass hit home to those of us who work at Cross International Catholic Outreach. That’s because Matthew 25:31-46 is a foundational scripture for us—a reminder to see Jesus in every hungry, thirsty, naked, homeless, imprisoned, or impoverished person we serve. The poor in developing countries often give us a fresh ...

Catholics in Vietnam pray for America

13. September 2011 Asia, prayer 0
When America remembered the tenth anniversary of 9/11 last weekend, I recalled something a nun in Vietnam said to me several years ago. I had been shadowing her as she visited very poor children in rural areas, as well as children with AIDS, deaf children, and undocumented children of migrant workers who have the odds ...

It’s All About Jesus

06. September 2011 prayer 0
This morning the entire Cross Catholic staff was able to participate in a special event halfway around the world. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, our offices in the U.S. joined our ministry partners in the Philippines for a special time of song and fellowship. Despite the 12-hour time difference or the fact we ...