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Your Opinion: 'Many Journeys, One Family'

Your Opinion: 'Many Journeys, One Family'

January 9th, 2018 by Sister Barbara Neist, Jefferson City in Opinion

Dear Editor:

In the past months, I have read with interest letters expressing diverse attitudes toward immigrants and refugees coming to the U.S. Within that context, I call attention to the Catholic Church's celebration of National Migration Week, Jan. 7-14, 2018. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the U.S. has celebrated this week as an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. The theme for National Migration Week 2018, "Many Journeys, One Family," draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another. May that call to respect the dignity of every human person shape the decisions we make, both personally and as a country.