This Child Could Only Crawl. Now Watch Her Walk!

18. November 2015 From the Field 0
Six-year-old Mekdes Tesfaye, who suffers from cerebral palsy, takes joyful steps thanks to free therapy and an orthotic device provided through the Brothers of Good Works’ Community-Based Rehabilitation program in Addis Ababa. This life-changing Catholic program is providing new freedoms and bringing great joy to kids like Mekdes through the generous support of Cross Catholic ...

My Day in the Slum

05. November 2015 From the Field 0
I don’t know which affected me more – the old man sprawled out on a bed of garbage or the lonely baby crying out for comfort. I wanted to weep about both but I was too numb with shock. I had only been in Nairobi’s sprawling Huruma slum for about an hour and I was ...

St. Martin de Porres

The feast day of St. Martin de Porres reminds all who work on behalf of the poor that man’s ways are not God’s ways. Rather than choose powerful and dynamic leaders to be his hands and feet on earth, our Lord often chooses saints from humble places and shapes them through difficult circumstances. Martin de ...

Weak, Hurting, Wasting Away…and Thankful

21. October 2015 Africa, Haiti, water 0
My recent bout of the stomach flu has made me grateful for some things: A comfortable bed. A toilet inside my home. Clean water when I’m dehydrated. Money for a doctor (and a vehicle to get to the clinic). Food to regain my strength. And of course, plenty of hygienic products to eradicate every last ...

St. Francis of Assisi

The life of Francis of Assisi reminds us that people of holiness and greatness are not born that way. They become holy and great because they choose to act when God asks them to change the world, making his “kingdom come” on earth as it is in heaven. Francis began life as a spoiled rich ...

Reflections on a Nicaraguan School

15. September 2015 children, Ecuador 0
A couple of weeks ago, as I attended my fourth-grade son’s open house, I marveled at how much technology even young children have at their disposal. Each classroom was wired, linked, looped and interfaced in every way possible. And this was at an elementary school! I compared this to my experiences traveling in the developing ...

An Astonishing Thing to Behold

09. September 2015 Priests & Nuns 0
It was one of those images you never forget – a lone priest riding a donkey, traveling from house to house to carry out the Lord’s work. I was in the Dominican Republic, helping our Goods-In-Kind partner, Fundación Ciento Por Uno, deliver food to the poor in the remote Azua province – a long 3-hour ...

When the Poor Help the Poor

21. August 2015 housing, poverty 0
It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to someone who is always giving to others. An example I’d like to spotlight is Alina Previlda. The 50-year-old Haitian woman lives in a rural community where we support a Catholic mission led by Father Glenn Meaux. Alina and her husband are humble farmers leading ...

The Feast Day of St. John Vianney

Today we celebrate the feast of St. John Vianney, also known as the Cure’ of Ars. His era was not unlike our own.  There was much confusion about life, greed, and a seeming lack of caring for truth and justice. Ordained a diocesan priest, John Vianney looked forward with hope to better days for the ...