In today’s global village called Earth it’s impossible not to be aware of the plight of migrants, refugees, and internally displaced persons Their faces and experiences come into our living rooms on the evening news, question us from our electronic devices, and challenge us on all forms social media. Sunday, January 17th is World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis calls us more strongly than ever in his message for this year’s commemoration to listen to the cries of migrants and refugees and to act on their behalf:
Today, more than in the past, the Gospel of mercy troubles our consciences, prevents us from taking the suffering of others for granted, and points out ways of responding which, grounded in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, find practical expression in works of spiritual and corporal mercy. -Pope Francis
Here are just a few ways in which Ursuline Sisters around the world are extending mercy to migrants. Families escaping war in the Congo are seeking refuge in Cameroun. Ursuline Sisters there are gathering the children and welcoming them into special programs. Ursulines in Slovenia volunteer with aid organizations to meet the overwhelming needs of migrants in camps and railway stations. Ursuline Sisters in our U.S. border towns offer assistance to families fleeing violence and extreme poverty in their home countries. This Sunday, make some time to read Pope Francis’ message. Let the reality of the plight of millions of our sisters and brothers touch your heart. Consider what you can do and then take one step to make it happen.