Dear brothers and sisters of CLINIC,
As we enter close now to the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Church’s Liturgy prays every night the prophetic and powerful “O Antiphons” which sing out the Messianic titles of the Lord rooted in the prophecies of the Old Testament. In these same days, there is another powerful event happening in our midst: “Las Posadas."
Children in the Spanish-speaking community are imbued with a profound sense of hospitality. Siblings share more, spend more time together across age barriers than in the English-speaking world. Within the faith community, year after year, for about 9 days before Christmas there are Posadas or a re-enactment of the search of Mary and Joseph for shelter so that she can give birth to her Child. Often some of the youngest give voice to the search of Mary and Joseph.
We are in the season of Advent, a time of reflection on the second coming of Christ and His First coming at Birth. This a season of preparation, anticipation and reflection on life, mission and Faith. *Presione aquí para la versión en español.
Do you have today, December 10th, Human Rights Day, marked on your calendar? Human Rights Day was established in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly to celebrate the adoption and resolution of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The Declaration is recognized as a major humanitarian and diplomatic achievement, furthering international obligations to uphold the dignity of every person.
Jeanne M. Atkinson is the Executive Director of CLINIC. From November 16-23, she participated in a delegation led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to southern Mexico and Central America to explore the issue of unaccompanied migrant children.
Beginning this Sunday, December 16, through Christmas Eve many Catholic communities will celebrate Las Posadas. In this Advent procession, the faithful re-enact the journey of Joseph and Mary as they seek shelter, or posada, and are repeatedly turned away until finally welcomed into a home where a celebration takes place.
Las Posadas is a communal expression of faith that reminds us of the humble beginnings of Jesus Christ and how the idea of welcoming the stranger began with his own birth. The theme of migration and invitation to hospitality would continue throughout his earthly life -- from the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt to escape persecution to Jesus’ itinerant ministry. As Blessed John Paul II asked in his World Migration Day message in 2000, “How can the