José Manuel Cian simply wants to go to school. He lives in a poor, rural community on the outskirts of Cuilapa, in southern Guatemala. The families here are farmers who have worked the land for generations. They are locked in a cycle of poverty. For their children, like José, education is the way out.
There are approximately 16.4 million people living below the poverty line in Kenya. Learn more about poverty in Kenya and how you can help.
In Kenya’s Rift Valley, the Maasai tribe has been living a nomadic lifestyle for generations. Father John Fortune is evangelizing the Maasai through education and spiritual formation in the village of Ewuaso Kedong. Because of the school, both children and adults have been baptized into the Catholic faith.
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 climb through the window and push the truck to our destination.
When Gertrude Cene’s stomach growls during class at nursing school, she recalls the blessings of the Kobonal Haiti Mission with a spirit of gratitude. Though she only attended the mission school for one year during her teens, she fondly remembers the way daily nutritious meals kept her satisfied and alert.
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.