As our neighbor to the south, Mexico holds a special place in our hearts. Working through some amazing Catholic ministry partners in the country, Cross Catholic Outreach is involved in variety of poverty relief projects, most of which are focused on leading impoverished children toward a better future.
I have been traveling to Guatemala for years and have witnessed the incredible resilience of the country’s people, so it is impossible for me to be objective about the impact of the recent volcanic eruption.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told to “follow my dreams.” That message seems to be everywhere in American society. As children, we’re told we can be anything we want. We can reach for the stars!
I’d heard prisons in developing countries were heartbreaking, but still wasn’t prepared for what I saw while visiting the Cap-Haitien Prison Ministry in Haiti. This mission partner serves two prisons, and I was able to join their staff as they visited the prisoners at Grand Riviere on Nord.
Today I come to you with my greatest interior struggle between poverty and wealth. I came to Cross through a mission trip to Santa Rosa, Guatemala and after returning I have struggled to find my place in our society.
Voices and bongo drums resound in worship at the Kobonal Haiti Mission. A band and choir set a celebratory atmosphere for the hundreds of poor, rural Haitians gathered at this simple open-air pavilion for Father Glenn Meaux’s Mass.