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 ...

A Word for the New Year

03. January 2014 Africa, Haiti 0
What’s your “word” for the New Year? Did you know you’re supposed to have one? In keeping with the current trend of compressing every thought into a Twitter-sized soundbite, some have decided that traditional New Year’s resolutions just won’t do. Instead, you can opt for a New Year’s word. It’s a more abstract alternative, and ...

Good Tidings of Great Joy!

25. December 2013 Christmas 0
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby ...

Mexican Cinderella

11. December 2013 women 0
When Floriana first arrived to Casa Maria, a home for girls run by the Salesian Sisters in Mexico, she trusted no one. Why should she? Her parents abandoned her as a little girl. When her aunt took her in, her cousins degraded her and her uncle abused her. Ten years later that family abandoned her ...

Hearts of Gratitude

21. November 2013 Food, Haiti 0
As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been thinking about what it means to have heart of full of gratitude. When I do, I can’t help but think about my friends at Kobonal Haiti Mission in the Central plateau. Each person I met expressed their gratitude to Cross Catholic Outreach and our supporters for the food that’s been ...