On Sept. 27 Pope Francis initiated the SHARE THE JOURNEY campaign in which he invited everyone around the world to “share the journey” with refugees and migrants. At the heart of this campaign is the vision of a united global human family. Our focus is on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit and host communities. This public awareness campaign promotes opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences with the aim of strengthening the bonds between migrants and communities. This Journey will run til September 2019. Learn more about the campaign on the Share the Journey website.
A Week of Prayer & Action, October 7-13, 2017
Because of the importance of the issue of migration and because of the leadership that our pope is giving, the U.S. Bishops have called for this special week of prayer October 7-13. How can each of us be part of this campaign? We can pray. We can advocate to our government on migration and immigration issues. (Today, Sept. 28, the President has lowered the number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. from 100,000 to 45,000.) This “Share the Journey” campaign hopes to contribute to the building of stronger communities and more inclusive societies; it promotes a “culture of encounter”.
A Moment for Grace A Prayer for Refugees
God of our Wandering Ancestors,
Long have we known
That your heart is with the refugee:
That you were born into time In a family of refugees
Fleeing violence in their homeland,
Who then gathered up their hungry child
And fled into alien country.
Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages:
“Will you let me in?”
Give us hearts that break open
When our brothers and sisters turn to us
with that same cry.
Then surely all these things will follow:
Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices.
Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat.
Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate.
And hands will reach out—
working for peace in their homeland,
working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven.
Lord, protect all refugees in their travels.
May they find a friend in me
And so make me worthy
Of the refuge I have found in you.