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 ...

Giving Back This Lent

11. March 2014 Lent 0
During the season of Lent, I usually think about what I’m going to give up for the 40 days leading up to Easter. But on Ash Wednesday, a friend of mine suggested doing something different for Lent — giving back. The idea made sense to me. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for me on Good ...

Seeds of Hope

05. March 2014 children, Hope 0
10-year-old Judeline Vincent is one of 300 orphaned and vulnerable children benefiting from the Cross Catholic-supported Seeds of Hope program, a medical and holistic outreach in rural Lahoye, Haiti. Judeline and her mother live a day-to-day existence, barely surviving in a dilapidated shack on one meal a day. Despite these circumstances, Judeline says: “We put ...

Mission trip to Nicaragua

25. February 2014 children, water 0
Recently, when I was on a mission trip in Nicaragua, I was struck by how subdued all the little children were at each of my stops. I could certainly understand. After all, I would be intimidated if strangers walked into my village. But one would think you would still meet one or two outgoing kids. ...

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 ...

Chama’s Story

04. February 2014 children, education 0
Recently, Cross Catholic Outreach received a letter that touched my heart. It was written by 12-year-old Chama Mofya, who attends a Catholic school we partner with in the Luanshya area of Zambia, run by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Assisi. With help from Cross Catholic, the sisters offer free quality education to 1,000 other poor ...

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 ...