Prayers for National Migration Week: Jan. 4-10

 

Eternal Loe

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do her wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God."
 —Leviticus 19:33-34

We are invited to join the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops and people in faith as we pray for those who seek safety and hope in another land. We are gifted with this time of reflection honoring their struggles and journey, asking how we may offer a welcoming and loving presence for our immigrant sisters and brothers. We hope you will gather in prayer with friends, family and community to honor National Migration Week: Jan. 4-10.

Reflection from Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D. Chairman, Domestic Policy Committee United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
September 4, 2006

For the Catholic Church, immigration is not a political issue, but a fundamental human and moral issue. We bring to this discussion our faith, our moral principles and our long experience. Through the decades, immigrants have built our communities of faith and they are still bringing new life to our church. Immigrants are not numbers for us. They are our brothers and sisters; they are our "neighbors."

…Who is our neighbor is not dependent on where they were born or what documents they possess.

The immigration debate challenges us to consider again who we are as a nation, how our economy treats all workers, how we welcome the "strangers" among us. As Catholics, we should join this discussion and bring our belief in the sacredness of human life, the inherent dignity of the human person and the value of work. We cannot simply retreat behind walls at our borders or in our hearts and minds. As believers, we are called to build bridges between the native born and newcomer, between legitimate concerns about security and national traditions of welcome, from fear and frustration to hope and action for a better tomorrow.

Join us in prayer: Click here for the Prayer for Justice for Immigrants, a complete prayer service created by CSJ Liturgist and Associate Mary Kay Christian. 

Learn more: Click here for more information about National Migration Week from the USCCB or for more prayers.

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