105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees – Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2019

Source: vaticannews.va

This is World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Many of us think of migrants and refugees as a contemporary concern. Alas! It’s been a contemporary concern in every generation, going back to the Israelites journey through the desert, if not earlier. The Church first started commemorating this day in 1914. Pope Francis’ message for this year has the theme, It is not just about migrants. Here are a few excerpts from his message.

“Violent conflicts and all-out wars continue to tear humanity apart; injustices and discrimination follow one upon the other; economic and social imbalances on a local or global scale prove difficult to overcome. And above all it is the poorest of the poor and the most disadvantaged who pay the price.”

“The presence of migrants and refugees – and of vulnerable people in general – is an invitation to recover some of those essential dimensions of our Christian existence and our humanity that risk being overlooked in a prosperous society. That is why it is not just about migrants.”

“It is not just about migrants: it is also about our fears. The signs of meanness we see around us heighten “our fear of ‘the other’, the unknown, the marginalized, the foreigner… We see this today in particular, faced with the arrival of migrants and refugees knocking on our door in search of protection, security and a better future.”

“It is not just about migrants: it is about charity. Through works of charity, we demonstrate our faith (cf. Jas 2:18). And the highest form of charity is that shown to those unable to reciprocate and perhaps even to thank us in return.”

“It is not just about migrants: it is about building the city of God and man. In our time, which can also be called the era of migration, many innocent people fall victim to the “great deception” of limitless technological and consumerist development (cf. Laudato Si’, 34). As a result, they undertake a journey towards a “paradise” that inevitably betrays their expectations.”

“Dear brothers and sisters, our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Yet these verbs do not apply only to migrants and refugees. They describe the Church’s mission to all those living in the existential peripheries, who need to be welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated. If we put those four verbs into practice, we will help build the city of God and man. We will promote the integral human development of all people. We will also help the world community to come closer to the goals of sustainable development that it has set for itself and that, lacking such an approach, will prove difficult to achieve.”

“Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Way, I invoke God’s abundant blessings upon all the world’s migrants and refugees and upon all those who accompany them on their journey.”

Philip Shano, SJ has many years of rich and varied experience working with Ignatian spirituality: teaching, writing and using it in his ministry. He resides in the Jesuit community in Pickering, Ontario.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 01:07h, 29 September Reply

    Thank you Philip!

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    […] C’est la Journée Mondiale du Migrant et du Réfugié. Beaucoup d’entre nous considèrent les migrants et les réfugiés comme une préoccupation contemporaine. Hélas ! Ce fut une préoccupation pour toutes les générations, depuis le voyage des Israélites à travers le désert, si ce n’est plus tôt. L’Église a commencé à commémorer cette journée en 1914. Le message du Pape François pour cette année a pour thème : Il ne s’agit pas seulement de migrants. Voici quelques extraits de son message. […]

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