Am I Listening?

Majestic mountains lined our views on the bumpy trek back to the mission grounds after a long day in the field. The sky created a peach-blue haze around the peaks, like a watercolor painting hanging over the isolated villages in Zacapa. I suppose there’s a juxtaposition there. I was taken aback by the beauty of ...

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 ...

All Things Through Christ

One rainy day in Belize, I found myself in the front seat of a pickup truck driving down a creek that had once been a road. The driver assured me the engine wouldn’t stall, but I wasn’t convinced. As we slowly made our way through three feet of water, I prayed I wouldn’t need to ...

The science is in: anti-poverty programs work!

We love supporting programs that lift the poor out of poverty. The theory is: give a man a fishing rod instead of a fish, and he’ll be equipped to feed himself. You’ll have supported real, lasting change. The logic seems sound, and we have a plethora of anecdotal evidence from our overseas ministry partners to ...

The Rise of the Dreamer

28. May 2015 children, Haiti 0
I am new to Cross Catholic Outreach’s staff of writers. On my recent and first trip to Haiti, it made no difference as our amazing ministry partners and the beautiful program participants welcomed me with warm smiles and inspiring stories. I landed on the western side of the island with certain expectations. While I wasn’t ...

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. ...

Pray for Nepal!

29. April 2015 Disaster Relief 0
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Nepal earthquake. We still don’t know the full extent of the loss of life, and we can only imagine how many thousands are desperately waiting for food, water, shelter and medical aid. Please know that the local Church – a small but compassionate minority ...

A wish that is fulfilling for us all…

People send me news articles all the time. The rarely touch my heart as this piece did. It’s about a seriously ill 11-year-old boy, Brett Haubrich, whose lifelong wish came true. But Brett’s wish didn’t involve a dream vacation or meeting a famous celebrity. No – his wish involved being a priest for a day. ...

Full of Praise

In this puppet show, the students sing: “how big is God’s love? IT’S HUGE! So big you can’t be above it, so wide you can’t be beside it!” Up in the Nicaraguan highlands, there’s a little school in Estellí that’s achieving gigantic results for poor, at-risk kids. At Father Fabretto Children’s Foundation, more than 450 ...

The Beauty of a Consecrated Life

Nine years ago, 19-year-old Ester Paau arrived at the Convent at Nazareth near Punta Gorda, Belize to complete her high school education. Growing up in a remote indigenous village, she had no opportunity to pursue her dream of becoming a preschool teacher. Then the Pallottine Sisters visited to evangelize her village. They offered her an opportunity ...