Take Action on National Migration Week
Dear Columban Advocate,
We are excited to enter into another year of advocating for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation with you.
In our final email of last year, we invited you to join us in looking to 2017 with the words of St. Columban in mind:
"Be submissive to good, unbending to evil, gentle in generosity, untiring in love, just in all things."
Monday’s Weekly Reflection gave us a concrete example of how we can live out these words. The reflection recalled the story of the Magi and the gifts they brought the newborn King. Traditionally, we remember these gifts as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But, the Magi brought another gift we don’t often recognize: the gift of welcome.
Every January, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates this spirit of welcome through National Migration Week. Now more than ever, it is important for the Church to “reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking” (USCCB). As members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants campaign, Columbans throughout the United States join in this celebration!
In this spirit, while the new Congress and administration gear up for 2017, we encourage you to send your Members of Congress a message TODAY asking them to:
- Support humane reforms that affirm the dignity of all migrants.
- Recognize the contributions of immigrants and refugees to their community.
Together in 2017, we will continue to live by the words of St. Columban and raise the voices of the Columban community on behalf of migrants, and all who suffer.
In solidarity and hope,
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach