I was apprehensive about tagging along with the Cap-Haitien Prison Ministry in Haiti. I had heard stories about prisons in developing countries, but I had never seen one for myself.
Every year on Ash Wednesday, Christians around the globe receive a smudge or cross of ashes on their foreheads and are reminded they are dust and unto dust they shall return. It is a reminder that the things of this world are passing and that our destination in life is union with the God who made each of us.
Sometimes the path God has for us is one we walk. Sometimes it’s a journey we make on a crowded public bus. Sister Agnes Phu is one of those travelers.
Thomas Aquinas was the youngest of nine children born to noble parents in the Kingdom of Sicily. Following the tradition of the times, five-year-old Thomas was sent to the Abbey of Monte Cassino to train among Benedictine monks.
Throughout the Bible, God makes it clear that orphans hold a special place in his heart, commanding his people to protect and care for the outcast and fatherless. In fact, the book of James reveals: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world”
Thanks to the kindness of friends of Cross Catholic Outreach and our ministry partners in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima in Guatemala, families who once lived in dilapidated shacks now live in safe and sturdy homes for the first time in their lives. These durable concrete block homes will stand-up to wind, rain and harsh sun.