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Our Lady of the Rosary Novena
Day Five, October 3

Today’s Topic: Immigration

Intercession: For immigrants to feel welcome in our Church and for civil dialogue to return when discussing the issue of immigration with our friends, family and neighbors.   

PrayersOur Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: One hot topic today is the issue of immigration. Often lost, however in the public debate are solid Catholic principles that go beyond party affiliation on this issue. We invite you to reflect on these principles by which to approach the issue of immigration. They are principles that are more than just Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, but authentically, Catholic.

  1. The first principle to reflect upon is the dignity of the human person, which is the prime principle of all Catholic Social teaching. From the moment of conception, each person is made in the image and likeness of God. In the same way, we cannot forget that every immigrant, documented or undocumented is made in God’s image and deserves our love and respect as a child of God.

  2. The second principle is this; a sovereign nation has a right and a responsibility to protect its own borders. Its why, if you will, we have locks on our own doors at our homes. We seek to protect our family. So too, if we, as a nation cannot protect our family, our citizenry, we fail to be a sovereign nation.

  3. The last principle is this, from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2241:

    1. 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin.

In summary, when approaching the issue of immigration from a ‘respect life’ perspective, let us remember the dignity of every human person, from the immigrant, to those with whom we disagree with on policy over this issue. Let us also remember the importance of laws in governing a sovereign nation, and let us remember the call of Christ to ‘welcome the foreigner’ in our midst.

Act of Reparation:

  • Read the stories of migrants and learn more about the issue of immigration here from the USCCB: https://justiceforimmigrants.org/.

  • Pray a rosary today for immigrants and their families in our Diocese, as well as for our elected officials, both locally and nationally to use language that builds up the human person.

  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention and take time to learn about your own families’ history. Did your family immigrate to the United States?

One step further: Read more here from the Church about our call to welcome the foreigner and immigrant: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/migrants-refugees-and-travelers/quotes-rights-migrants-refugees.cfm, and in particular take time to reflect on this quote from Pope Saint John Paul II:

Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of his own state. When there are just reasons in favor for it, he must be permitted to migrate to other countries and to take up residence there. The fact that he is a citizen of a particular state does not deprive him of membership to the human family, nor of citizenship in the universal society, the common, world-wide fellowship of men.” Pope Saint John Paul II, Address to the New World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Immigrants (October 17, 1985)