Dorothy Day frequently quoted Fyodor Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov: "Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams." Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson strives for love in action. Its website says it is a community of faith, hope, love and witness in the borderlands, briefly citing a history of racial integration and a vision of serving all. I visited the church in late April with a Loretto Community delegation to the border.
World Refugee Day - Tension remains amid relative calm in Wau, and the thousands who fled violence and found refuge at the city's St. Mary Cathedral still fear to return to their looted homes.
In guidance posted June 15, the Department of Homeland Security said the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will continue, ensuring that so-called "Dreamers" are safe from deportation for the duration of their work permits.
Families in Riimenze, South Sudan, were displaced in late 2016 and early 2017 as fighting between government soldiers and rebels escalated.
GSR Today - The Dilley Pro Bono Project files a lawsuit challenging a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy that restricts legal services. Meanwhile, Guatemalan mine opponents win a legal victory in Canada.
Sr. Colleen Jackson talks to GSR about her experience serving as a psychologist, refugee advocate and most recently, an intern at a coalition of Catholic congregations focused on concerns of women and children. Jackson is inspired by the courage, resilience and faith of refugees and asylum-seekers.
During a May Day march with immigrants, workers and allies, I knew the tension between the suffering that often goes along with the work of upholding human dignity and the graces we receive from God in the midst of it all.
I grew up in a home where Dad was an organizer, so we grew up expecting everything to be in order. Dad's workbench had a chalked outline for each tool, arranged from the smallest hammer or screwdriver to the largest. Before we could read, we would line up our Tinker Toy rods by size, shortest to longest. Our building blocks likewise were automatically sorted into small, medium and large.
"When a country is at war, there's no such thing as a safe place," said Fadi Ali, a Syrian refugee currently living with Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus sisters in Buenos Aires. The sisters sponsored him and his family through the Foundation of the Argentine Catholic Commission on Migration in 2015. To Ali, the sisters who took him in are "the best followers" of Jesus, and those who believe in whatever God they want, whatever prophet they want, must consider what those prophets would do today, he said.
I joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Annecy, whose charism — "Loving God and neighbor without distinction" — attracted me. My understanding of "neighbor" grew deeper working with the poor, the Dalits, and other marginalized people during my initial period of religious life and ministry. I found Jesus in them through ministries in education and religious formation.
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