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A Tale of Two Borders: Fevers and Concertina Wire (Part II)

January 12, 2019

This is the 4th of 4 blog posts for National Migration Week. These stories written by Sisters of Mercy, Companions in Mercy, and Mercy staff will address the spiritual, political and moral dimensions of migration. Read along with us as we seek to build Communities of Welcome.

By Jean Stokan

Imagine the Christmas manger surrounded by razor-spiked concertina wire, preventing Jesus and the Holy Family from fleeing Herod, who threatens to kill them.

Having spent Thanksgiving week volunteering at Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, receiving hundreds of parents and children who had recently crossed the U.S.–Mexico border, I’m haunted by the faces of all the sick children.

Artwork on the walls of the dining room at Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas
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Una historia de dos fronteras: Fiebres y alambre con púas (2ª parte)

January 12, 2019

 

Por Jean Stokan

Imagina el pesebre navideño rodeado de alambre con púas, para que Jesús y la Sagrada Familia no huyan de Herodes, que los amenaza con la muerte.

Después de haber pasado como voluntaria la semana de Acción de Gracias en el Hogar de la Anunciación en el Paso, Texas recibiendo cientos de padres de familia y niños que habían cruzado recientemente la frontera de México y los Estados Unidos, me atormentan aún los rostros de todos los niños enfermos.

Arte en el comedor del Hogar de la Anunciación
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Stepping Up and Showing Up at the Border

January 10, 2019

This is the 3rd of 4 blog posts for National Migration Week. These stories written by Sisters of Mercy, Companions in Mercy, and Mercy staff will address the spiritual, political and moral dimensions of migration. Read along with us as we seek to build Communities of Welcome.

By Sister Joan Marie O’Donnell

On International Human Rights Day, December 10, Sister Judy Carle and I joined 400 faith leaders from across the country to issue a moral call for migrant justice. The event, sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, took place at the San Diego-Tijuana border and had as its purpose to call the United States government to respect the human right to migrate, end militarization of border communities and end detention and deportation of immigrants.

Members of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity—L-R: Rev. Deborah Lee, Joan Marie O’Donnell, RSM, Judy Carle, RSM, Rev. Tovis Page

Members of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity—L-R: Rev. Deborah Lee, Joan Marie O’Donnell, RSM, Judy Carle, RSM, Rev. Tovis Page

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Un paso a la acción y presencia en la frontera

January 10, 2019

Por Hermana Joan Marie O’Donnell

En el Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos, el 10 de diciembre, la Hermana Judy Carle y yo nos unimos a 400 líderes religiosos de todo el país para emitir un llamado moral por la justicia para migrantes. El evento, patrocinado por American Friends Service Committee, se realizó en la frontera entre San Diego y Tijuana y tuvo como fin instar al gobierno estadounidense a respetar el derecho humano a migrar, poner fin a la militarización de las comunidades fronterizas y un cese a la detención y deportación de inmigrantes.

Miembros del Movimiento interreligioso para la integridad humana: Rev. Deborah Lee, Joan Marie O’Donnell, RSM, Judy Carle, RSM, Rev. Tovis Page

Miembros del Movimiento interreligioso para la integridad humana: Rev. Deborah Lee, Joan Marie O’Donnell, RSM, Judy Carle, RSM, Rev. Tovis Page

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A Tale of Two Borders: The Roots of the Problem (Part I)

January 8, 2019

By Jean Stokan

This is the 2nd of 4 blog posts for National Migration Week. These stories written by Sisters of Mercy, Companions in Mercy, and Mercy staff will address the spiritual, political and moral dimensions of migration. Read along with us as we seek to build Communities of Welcome.

The “tale of the border” that we know is not the story told by the U.S. president, who warns of an invasion of criminals, sends heavily armed soldiers to prevent migrants from crossing, and launches tear gas on women and children. Of course, border security is important to prevent dangerous persons from entering, but to distort the reality of the majority crossing the border, and to treat them as criminals, is unconscionable.

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Una historia de dos fronteras: Las raíces del problema (1ª parte)

January 8, 2019

Por Jean Stokan

La «historia de la frontera» que conocemos no es la historia que nos cuenta el presidente de los Estados Unidos que advierte de una invasión de criminales, que envía soldados fuertemente armados para evitar el cruce de inmigrantes y lanzan gases lacrimógenos a mujeres y niños. Claro, la seguridad en la frontera es importante para prevenir que ingresen personas peligrosas, pero distorsionar esta realidad de la mayoría que cruza la frontera y tratarlos como criminales, es desaprensivo.

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Travels With My Camel

January 6, 2019

This is the 1st of 4 blog posts for National Migration Week. These stories written by Sisters of Mercy, Companions in Mercy, and Mercy staff will address the spiritual, political and moral dimensions of migration. Read along with us as we seek to build Communities of Welcome.

By Cynthia Sartor, Companion in Mercy

Sometimes I have felt as though I have been riding on a camel following a star, not sure where I was going but being strangely attracted to a mysterious light in the sky. Sometimes I have felt a little dizzy and confused and wondered if I was heading in the right direction or just wondering aimlessly in the desert. Sometimes I have felt like I have been atop this camel for a long time and I was tired, and my muscles ached.

Every once in a while, I would think that I had found the reason for the star that seemed to be calling me, and then there were the times I got tired and irritated with my bewilderment and my camel and I would sit down and refuse to go any further. But then the star would re-appear and once again we traveled on, not quite knowing where we were going but knowing that we were being called to continue our journey. Read More »

Caminando Con Mi Camello

January 6, 2019

De Cynthia Sartor, Compañera en Misericordia

A veces me he sentido como si estuviera montada en un camello siguiendo una estrella, sin la certeza de saber a dónde iba, pero atraída misteriosamente por una luz en el cielo. A veces me he sentido mareada y confundida y preguntándome si iba en la dirección correcta o sin rumbo por el desierto. A veces me he sentido como que iba en el camello por mucho tiempo, cansada y con dolor en los músculos.

De vez en cuando pensaba que había encontrado el porqué de la estrella, que parecía me estaba llamando, y luego estaban los momentos en los que me sentía cansada e irritada en mi desconcierto y me sentaba junto con mi camello rehusándome a continuar. Entonces reaparecería la estrella y reemprendíamos nuestro caminar sin saber muy bien a dónde íbamos, pero sabiendo que estábamos siendo llamados a continuar el viaje. Read More »

Vocation minister documents sisters’ stories

January 3, 2019

By Karel Lucander

Vocation Minister Sister Sue Weetenkamp holds fast to one of her favorite tools – the video camera she uses to tape the stories of fellow Sisters of Mercy. To date, she has visited and video-documented 125 sisters and counting.

Vocation Minister Sister Sue Weetenkamp holds fast to one of her favorite tools – the video camera she uses to tape the stories of fellow Sisters of Mercy. To date, she has visited and video-documented 125 sisters and counting.

As a vocation minister in Baltimore, Maryland, Sister Sue Weetenkamp travels regularly to high schools and other places, talking with young women about the Sisters of Mercy. She also spends time on the road visiting with other sisters, documenting their stories with her video camera. These two passions complement each other – her special project of capturing and preserving the sisters’ experiences can be shared with the next generation of discerning women religious. During the past four years, she has interviewed 125 sisters. “For them, it’s like being on a trip down memory lane,” says Sister Sue. Read More »

God’s Message Is Always About Welcoming

December 28, 2018

By Sister Diane Guerin

Sister Diane Guerin is heading to the U.S./Mexico border this January. She shares this reflection on migration and the Christmas season in preparation for her trip and as a reminder of what the story of Jesus’ birth is truly about.

The voices of the angels singing “Glory to God in the Highest” was still echoing in Mary’s ears as she greeted the arrival of the Magi. Her heart was full of wonder and love as she gazed at her newborn child. What the future would hold remained a mystery whose unfolding would come with time.

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