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 ...

Dreams to Heal

01. November 2013 Haiti, health care 0
Kenasda Lafortune dreams of becoming a doctor. “I would like to help people when they are sick,” she told me, as we chatted in her schoolyard in Haiti’s rural Central Plateau. Her ambition is fueled by personal experience. At only 13 years old, this sweet-tempered girl has witnessed the horrors of long-term sickness and death ...

“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 ...

Partner Spotlight: Sr. Irene Claire Duval

I had only known Sister Irene Claire Duval for 5 minutes when she told me about one of her biggest goals.  “I want to wipe out high blood pressure and anemia in Viloux!” That’s when I knew this wasn’t going to be a typical interview. Sr. Irene is a member of the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters ...

St. Francis and the Leper

When Francis of Assisi lay dying on October 3rd, 1226, his final act of faith was focused on an act of humility.  He commanded his friars to strip him naked and lay him on the bare earth so that he might return to God as he came into the world. In effect, this was the ...

St. Vincent de Paul

This feast day of St. Vincent de Paul offers us a perfect opportunity to consider the topic of poverty and our role in bringing comfort and hope to those who suffer. St. Vincent de Paul lived in eighteenth century France and saw all about him the needs of the poor and marginalized.  His desire was ...

The Holy Father’s Reflection on the Great Commission

27. August 2013 The Pope, Youth 0
In his closing Mass for World Youth Day Rio, Pope Francis commissioned not only the Catholic youth of the world, but every Catholic.  He called each of us to be a missionary without borders. He referenced the Great Commission, when Jesus called us to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and explained that “this ...