For today’s experience, Fr. Brian Strassburger, SJ, and Fr. Louie Hotop, SJ, hosts of the Jesuit Border Podcast, will share with us the experience of two migrants who recently arrived inside of the United States who they had the chance to interview. Listen to Robert and Claudia, the two interviewees, share their stories below.
A Pope’s Prayer for Immigrants
Merciful God, we pray to you for all the men, women and children who have died after leaving their homelands in search of a better life.
Though many of their graves bear no name, to you each one is known, loved and cherished.
May we never forget them, but honor their sacrifice with deeds more than words. We entrust to you all those who have made this journey, enduring fear, uncertainty and humiliation, in order to reach a place of safety and hope.
Just as you never abandoned your Son as he was brought to a safe place by Mary and Joseph, so now be close to these, your sons and daughters, through our tenderness and protection.
In caring for them may we seek a world where none are forced to leave their home and where all can live in freedom, dignity and peace.
Merciful God and Father of all, wake us from the slumber of indifference, open our eyes to their suffering, and free us from the insensitivity born of worldly comfort and self-centredness.
Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals, to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters.
May we share with them the blessings we have received from your hand, and recognize that together, as one human family, we are all migrants, journeying in hope to you, our true home, where every tear will be wiped away, where we will be at peace and safe in your embrace.
– by Pope Francis
Today, we’d like to share this Amazon wishlist from the Jesuits in the Rio Grande Valley. If you can help them buy some of the things they need to meet the needs of migrants in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, use the link to purchase these items for them, and they will be sent directly.
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