Friday, December 27, 2019

"Promoting a Church and a World for All," A Time to Amplify the Voices of the Children

A Guatemalan immigrant Claudia Gomez Gonzalez who was killed is being memorialized in this mural sponsored by San Anto Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, Texas 

Fifty years ago the Catholic Church seeking to focus on the human dignity of migrants and refugees began observing National Migration Week in the season of the Epiphany.  As people reflect on the visit of the three wise men from the east to the baby Jesus and this revelation of Christ as light to the nations, all are invited to deeper love for the whole human family, not just one’s own tribe.  A Toolkit of resources for National Migration Week, January 5-11, 2020, with the theme “Promoting and Church and a World for All” can be found at

Pope Francis recently said migrants are victims of injustice. “It is injustice that forces many migrants to leave their lands. It is injustice that forces them to cross deserts and suffer abuse and torture in detention camps. It is injustice that rejects them and makes them die at sea.” He went further to say, “We must help and save [these victims], because we are all responsible for the life of our neighbor, and the Lord will ask us for an account at the time of judgment.” 

All are called to work for justice, especially for the children who are suffering.  One way to help them is by amplifying their words and their stories. Read about the children. “There is tremendous pain in these children’s stories and we ask that you gently embrace their stories with humility, openness, and respect, and find a way within your talents, gifts, and calling to share their words with the universe in the hope that the truth will ensure that these practices end so that these children will suffer no more. It might be a poem, a song, a sermon, a rally, a billboard. Only you will know. Please answer the call to amplify their voices and elevate the truth.”


The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word invite you to a Prayer Service “National Migration Week: Promoting a World for All,” Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, 3 pm, Chapel of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. We will learn, unite in prayer, and learn of ways to act such as Project Amplify


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