This past week was National Migration Week in our Church. For nearly a half a century the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week. Below is a prayer that comes from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. I encourage you to say this prayer during the course of this week. Some people will pray it as part of their prayer before or after meals. Some cut it out and tape it to their bathroom mirror to remind them to pray it. It reminds us to build a Culture of Encounter.
MERCIFUL AND LOVING FATHER,
We beseech you, open our hearts
so that we may provide hospitality and refuge
to migrants who are lonely, afraid,
and far from their homes.
Give us the courage to welcome every stranger
as Christ in our midst,
to invite them into our communities
as a demonstration of Christ’s love for us.
We pray that when we encounter the other,
we see in her the face of your Son,
when we meet a stranger,
that we take his hand in welcome.
Help us to live in solidarity with one another,
to seek justice for those who are persecuted
and comfort for those who are suffering.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Fr. Adam Johnson is the Vocation Director for our diocese. Over the next 6 months he is inviting young men from the diocese to join him and Fr. Adam Hake for dinner and conversation about what it is to be a priest. He is asking each parish to consider young men (junior in high school or older) whom we consider as having the qualities to be a good priest. If you know of any young men that I should ask, please let me know and I will ask them to consider the invitation.