GeE 102: Migrants

See the source imageThough penned months ago, these words continue to apply in the here and now. Immigration is a worldwide issue as climate change, organized crime, and predatory economics pressure people–especially the poor–to be on the move.

102. We often hear it said that, with respect to relativism and the flaws of our present world, the situation of migrants, for example, is a lesser issue. Some Catholics consider it a secondary issue compared to the “grave” bioethical questions.

Is that relativism? “My cause is better than your cause.”?

That a politician looking for votes might say such a thing is understandable, but not a Christian, for whom the only proper attitude is to stand in the shoes of those brothers and sisters of ours who risk their lives to offer a future to their children. Can we not realize that this is exactly what Jesus demands of us, when he tells us that in welcoming the stranger we welcome him (cf. Matthew 25:35)?

Hospitality is a saintly virtue. Concession: it can be difficult, but even the saints recognized this. If difficult for those of acknowledged holiness, how can it possibly be easy for those uninitiated to Christ?

Saint Benedict did so readily, and though it might have “complicated” the life of his monks, he ordered that all guests who knocked at the monastery door be welcomed “like Christ”, [Rule, 53, 1: PL 66, 749] with a gesture of veneration; [Cf. ibid., 53, 7: PL 66, 750] the poor and pilgrims were to be met with “the greatest care and solicitude”. [Ibid., 53, 15: PL 66, 751]

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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