Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the best reminders we have to sit back and take stock of all we have to be thankful for. And we at Cross Catholic have found so much to thank God for this year!
In the spirit of Psalm 9:1 — “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds” — we’d like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the things we are thankful for:
The missionaries we support in the field. Again and again we are amazed by the selfless work of the dedicated priests, nuns, and Catholic laypeople who run the programs we support to help the poor overseas. Many have given up comfortable lives to come alongside the poor and share Christ’s love with them through their work. (Read some of their stories here.)
The impact we’ve seen in the lives of the poor. Every story about a child whose been fed, family whose received a house, AIDS orphan whose gone to school, and sick person whose recovered though the work of Cross Catholic and our benefactors brings joy to our hearts. (Click here to read some success stories.)
God’s direction in our ministry. With God’s help, all things are possible. And this year we have really seen his hand guiding us as we strive to serve the poor in his name. We are thankful that we are able to take time as a staff at the beginning of each day to submit our work to God. (Read more here about our staff devotional time.)
Our dedicated supporters. Without the support of our many benefactors, none of our work to serve the poor would be possible. We are humbled by their generosity and inspired by their faith. Even in these difficult economic times, compassionate Catholic have continued to provide so that we can help the poorest of the poor.
On behalf of everyone at Cross International Catholic Outreach and the poor we serve, we wish all of you a very blessed Thanksgiving!
As you spend time with family and friends this weekend, take a moment to thank God for everything he has given you:
Give us this day our daily bread, O Father in heaven, and grant that we who are filled with good things from Your open hand, may never close our hearts to the hungry, the homeless, and the poor; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
– From the abbey of New Clairvaux, Viña, California