Do you think God only calls extraordinary people to do something special? Here you will find regular people, like you and me, who heard the invitation from God. They responded, and today walk with our people, faithful to God’s wishes. How will you respond?

An 8,000 mile journey of love through Latin AmericaBy Elisabeth RománWhat if your 73-old-grandparent told you that he was going to trek through Latin America, on foot, visiting 12 countries in 16 months? You would probably think grandpa has lost his mind or is off his medication.Yet that is exactly what Bob Hentzen, president and co-founder of the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) set out to do just a few days after Christmas in 2009. CFCA is an international movement serving people of all faiths in 24 countries.But why would anyone want to walk from Guatemala to Chile, much...
Traditional danzas are good for the soulBy Mayra Lizzeth CarreraIn a society where young people’s attention is often focused on the Internet, television, cell phones, and social networking, attracting their interest and getting them to attend Mass is not an easy task. Yet we really can’t wait for young people to come to church on their own. Although the latest trends in technology may seem to reinforce the sense of individualism, young people, particularly Hispanics, need to feel invited, welcomed, and attracted to things or events in order to participate.In an effort to bring young people to...
By Fr. Daniel Groody, C.S.C.Framing the Journey: Life between two watersAt the heart of a vocation is the desire for life, and I became a Holy Cross priest because I wanted to find something of the life promised by Jesus in the gospels: not a half-life, a mediocre life, a comfortable life, or even a fulfilling life, but a full life. I wanted to experience life in all its intensity and richness, all its joys and pains, all its peaks and valleys. I wanted to know what Jesus meant when He said, “I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.”I have found no better root metaphor for...
By Dandy PilonJust off Expressway 77/83 in Brownsville, deep in the heart of Texas is a little, light blue school folks are calling the ‘miracle in the Valley.’ With its unassuming exterior, most people miss it entirely as they pass from old downtown to the newer business district of Brownsville.  “You mean that blue building?” most people ask. However, in that old, blue building, something exciting is happening – the collaborative school initiative of Guadalupe Regional Middle School.Guadalupe Regional Middle School (GRMS) is a tuition-free Catholic school serving academically...
 In early 2009 Claretian Father Richard Estrada fielded an unusual call from his friend, then-Congresswoman Hilda Solis. “Her faith was being tested,” recalls Estrada. “She was feeling down about some very hateful things that were being said about her at the time.”A few weeks earlier, President-elect Barack Obama had nominated Solis to become the next U.S. Secretary of Labor, but her confirmation was in danger of becoming derailed. “Politics,” Estrada says, “is still often dirty work. The things that go on can get to you.”Estrada took her request for prayers to his regular weekday Mass...
I must ask myself, what have I learned in the months that I have been in Sudan, Africa? It is an answer that can include so many topics and you will see that I have included many of them in different ways. I learned that living poverty is not the same as being poor. The poor have no option and we as religious do have the options to live poorly or not. To be in solidarity with them is not always the same as being poor with them. I have learned that social justice encompasses more than just inventing more meetings and conferences. It means actually being among the people, aiding them, giving...
Some time ago, a bishop met with representatives of Hispanic groups in his diocese. Among the many concerns they shared with the bishop, a couple said, “Bishop, please send us priests who care for us and understand us.” Smiling, the bishop responded, “Of course. Give me your children and I will send them to the seminary to be trained. I cannot have children. Vocations must come from you.”The intelligent response was not just a way of washing his hands from the matter. This particular bishop has made great efforts to secure the pastoral care of Hispanics in his diocese. Instead, it showed a...
Most Catholics younger than 18 have not discovered their vocation in life while most Catholics over 40 have.  So the group most likely to pray about the Lord’s call to a life-long commitment fall between the ages of 18 and 40 and in the United States, this group of Catholics is already half Hispanic!  But if you attend a vocation retreat or “Come and See Weekend,” you probably will not find that half of those attending are Hispanic.  Most vocation directors also are not Hispanic and few speak Spanish.  Except states like California and Texas, even youth rallies do not...
 

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