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Lent

A Reflection for Holy Thursday

*The following reflection originally appeared as a feature in Catholic Charities USA's Lent Reflection Series  

Holy Week : March 29-April 4 Repentance and Hope

Lamentations are a part of our faith tradition. They transcend the logic of reason, rational analysis, study and planning. They pierce the crusty calluses of numbness, cynicism, indifference and denial. Laments are cries of anguish and outrage, groans of deep pain and grief, utterances of profound protest and righteous indignation over injustice, wails of mourning and sorrow in the face of unbearable suffering. Laments name the present pain, and forthrightly acknowledge that life and relationships have gone terribly wrong. Laments both stem from and lead to deep compassion.

Week 5 Lenten Reflection: Unaccompanied Minors and Family Migration

Matthew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” “Nothing is as Important to the Church as Human Life”

Lenten Reflection: Comprehensive Immigration Reform and Executive Action

Deuteronomy 10:19 So you too should love the resident alien, for that is what you were in the land of Egypt.

Ash Wednesday: Commit to Immigration Reform

Matthew 2:13-23 When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

An Easter Reflection

Revelation 7:9-10 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  
Five year old migrant child from El Salvador entered the US by himself.  He drew this plane saying it reminded him of God because if he had God in his heart, God would be the plane to take him to his mother.

The Plight of Migrant Children

By Luis  Enrique Jacquez, El Paso, Texas

Luisa’s Story

After crossing the length of Mexico over ground to get to the border, “Luisa,” a 36 year old widow from the indigenous municipality of Tamazulápam de Espíritu Santo in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and her 20 year old son “Pedro” attempted to cross into the United States by walking through the harsh and unpopulated desert near Nogales, Arizona. Unlike most unauthorized migrants who attempt to cross the U.S. – Mexico border, Luisa and Pedro did not contract the service of a guide.

Our Lenten Pilgrimage

As we entered the first full week of Lent, following the Mass and Gospel with the story of the Lord 's forty days in the desert, I was able to chair my first meeting as CLINIC Board Chair at their new offices.

Widian's Story

Raised in a tiny village in Galilee, my father, the eldest of 5 children, was raised by loving parents who made a meager living as poor farmers. My mother, who was raised in an orphanage from a young age by a community of Sisters in Jerusalem, married my father at seventeen. During my childhood, my father worked as a mechanic and my mother as a teacher. While our home was filled with love, my parents recognized that their children would have better opportunities for education, advancement, and success in the U.S.

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