Friend of Cross Road,
better to light one candle than to curse the darkness
winter has taken its toll on us both physically and psychologically as the icy
winds and several feet of snow were accompanied by horrific reports of self-styled
religionists executing innocent civilians around the globe for their different
beliefs. At times the world appears most hostile to human life.
to shake off the depressing mood of this most bleak season, our organization sponsored
a community day celebration for our families and volunteers on March 21st,
the first full day of spring. Undeterred by the four inches of snow that fell
the night before, the Easter bunny sat outside a packed Commons Café so that our photographer Frank DeChirico could take
some heart-warming photos of the children greeting this carrot-chewing
celebrity. Even though this outdoor celebration was perhaps premature both
liturgically and climatically, it served as a sign that better days lie ahead.
signal that, like winter, the culture of death is destined to defeat comes from
the work of our volunteers. Itís been said that volunteering is the ultimate
exercise in democracy for while we vote once a year to elect our representatives,
a volunteer votes every day for the kind of community in which he or she wants
to live. Including our board members we have more than thirty women and
men donating their time and talents to help Cross Road. Their willingness to
take on the meaningful work with our mothers as well as the more menial tasks
of administration is inspiring. Since there are no squeaky wheels in this group,
I am often tempted to take them for granted. It is only on occasions such as
our Community Day that, like a mechanically uninclined motorist, I venture to
lift up the hood to note how quietly and efficiently they keep the organization
And when we add to their
number the hundreds of supporters, like yourselves, who donate their treasure
to this life-affirming work, then despite the present gloom around the globe,
the future is actually bright. For that light that first dispelled the darkness
continues to touch other lives and grow brighter. It proves the Word once
promised by the prophets to be true: that, we, as a people, with Godís grace, will
one day pass over from death to new life.
Thank you for your continued support.