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Come, Lord Jesus!

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."

Las Posadas: An Invitation to Hospitality

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014, Welcoming the Stranger Edition of Catholic Woman Magazine, by the National Council of Catholic Women:

Posadas, the Search for Shelter and a New Sanctuary

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.

Local Immigration Legal Services Inspired

Adonia R. Simpson, Esq. is readying Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Maryland to serve a rapid increase in the number of immigrants.  This is a result of President Obama’s executive actions announced on November 20 offering administrative relief to an estimated four million immigrants.

Profound Gratitude for an Anonymous Gift

Recently, CLINIC received a piece of mail with the postal stamp of “Austin, Texas.” The envelope bore no name. Inside, there was no note, just a money order, for $10 made out to the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.  We were extremely moved by this small but profound gift. Without a return address, we could not send a thank you note so our appreciation compels us to show our gratitude for this, and all generous gifts, made for the benefit of vulnerable newcomers, in a blog post.  When we consider this kindness of donors such as this, we recall the words of Christ:

Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

As an immigration attorney at CLINIC, I represent hundreds of religious men and women (priests, brothers, sisters, and other religious workers) from all over the world.  I feel privileged to be a part of a team assisting these modern day disciples called to ministry in the United States.  The diversity and determination of these individuals amazes me; not only where they are from, but also the services they perform and how they were called to religious life. 

Fellowship that Bears Fruit

“Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.” -Deuteronomy 15:11 This December 2, CLINIC invites you to experience the joy that comes from working in communion with friends for an important cause. 

Recognizing Changmaker, Mil Mujeres on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In observation of this important day, CLINIC recognizes affiliate, Mil Mujeres for their inspiring efforts on behalf of vulnerable, immigrant women.  Founded in 2007, Mil Mujeres provides charitable legal immigration services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  With locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, Mil Mujeres has been a CLINIC subscriber s

The New Mexican Consular ID Card

Administrative relief is coming and, whatever shape it takes, we can be certain that consular identification cards will be important in the implementation of immigration action.  Starting November 1, Mexican Consulates in the United States began issuing new, enhanced consular IDs to ensure the continued security of these vital documents.  Visual and safety features have changed, and maintaining awareness of format changes to the consular ID cards is essential.

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