Lent is often associated with giving up those things we most enjoy. But in the past few years, it has become one of my favorite seasons—less for what is lost and more for what is gained. This is a season of reflection and renewal, an opportunity to refresh those perspectives we hold of self and others in our communities, nation, and world.
A glance back at the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching reminds me of the importance of recognizing the dignity of each person, the value of solidarity, and the meaning of all people’s full participation in community. Too often this is not the experience of the immigrant in our midst. Many experience barriers in accessing medical care or education, do not receive just wages for their labor, or live in fear of family separation.
My few months as an intern here at CLINIC have reaffirmed the notion that this work of striving to honor the dignity of immigrants,