St. Thomas the Apostle – Patron Saint of India

Early Patristic literature and Christian tradition speak of St. Thomas the Apostle bringing the Christian faith to India. According to these writers, he landed at the port of Mylapore and baptized several Jewish converts there. Kerala, the most Christian part of India, claims him as the Apostle who first preached the good news to the ...

Will Pope Francis Abdicate?

24. June 2014 The Pope 0
Pope Francis shocked us all again last week, when he said in an interview that he may one day abdicate the papacy just like his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Remember our shock when Pope Benedict announced his abdication in 2013? Turns out, it may have been the start of a trend. In fact, Pope Francis said ...

The God Who Rescues

The God Who Rescues Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. ...

Haiti in the age of Pope Francis

19. May 2014 Faith, Haiti, The Pope 0
I recently met up with Father Glenn Meaux in central Haiti. After a whirlwind tour of the housing, water and education projects we’re supporting this year, I sat down for a final chat with this compassionate priest from Louisiana who has spent the last 25 years running the Kobonal Haiti Mission. I’d asked Fr. Meaux ...

Our Patron Saint

People wonder sometimes about the icon hanging on the wall of our conference room. Its presence can be traced to our beginnings in 2001 when we started the custom of taking the first hour of the day for prayer and Bible study. Soon there were ten of us gathered in the conference room every morning. ...

St. Damien of Molokai

Damien was born Jozef de Veuster in Belgium in January, 1840.  He had a devout Catholic family with two sisters and a brother preceding him into Religious communities.  Like his brother, Auguste, he entered the Society of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Possessing a devotion to St. Francis Xavier, and longing to become ...

God Bless our Good Samaritans!

18. April 2014 Elderly, health care 0
In February I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the 40 residents of Bon Samaritan (Good Samaritan) Elderly Care Home in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. After sharing a hot lunch together, I was able to capture their joy as Cross Catholic staff distributed new wheelchairs, donated by one of our generous supporters. Though their smiles say it ...

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 ...