Many of us spent this past Thanksgiving weekend enjoying special moments with family and friends. And whether your favorite part of the holiday was the abundant feast or the day of football, Thanksgiving universally represents a time to celebrate God’s blessings and his faithful provision.
Last week Pope Benedict XVI began a new series of catecheses that will cover the Year of Faith, which he said is intended “to renew our enthusiasm at believing in Jesus Christ.” He went on to say this revival will, as a result, “bear concrete witness to the transforming power of the faith.”
These boys are making use of the new lavatory Cross Catholic funded for Vilaj Espwa (Hope Village), a home for orphaned and vulnerable children in Haiti. The facility replaced pit latrines that were ready to retire.
In the rural community of La Patilla, a Dominican boy catches a handful of clean, refreshing water from the new aqueduct system provided by Cross Catholic Outreach and the Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana.
Last month I visited the Maasai, a semi-nomadic tribe of herders in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The trip was like stepping back in time. Though only a two-hour drive from cosmopolitan Nairobi, Maasai society is largely untouched by modernity.
A Maasai woman cooling off in Ewuaso Kedong, Kenya, where Cross Catholic Outreach has been working with Fr. John Fortune of Yesu Empiris E Nkai Parish to provide water for this semi-nomadic community affected by the Horn of Africa drought.