A practical challenge to living this message came my way the other day when i was referred to a campaign called. Drop the I Word. Again you can click to see more of what it is about Drop the I word. I work regularly with fine Catholic people who happen to be undocumented. This campaign does not deny that there is a problem to be worked on in our country with immigration, but it realizes that simply calling people "illegals" dehumanizes them and feeds into fear and hatred. I encourage readers of this blog to consider making the suggested pledge. I believe that you can do that regardless of your political leanings on this issue.
Going back to Richard Rohr's thought we need to realize that these are human beings, our brothers and sisters, in many cases our fellow Catholics as well. Treating our immigrants as brothers and sisters, not as "others and outsiders" will do more for leading us to a solution rather than emphasizing what divides us. This is a truly Catholic and Franciscan vision to be sure. Look to the right side of this blog to see the US bishops Immigration Reform link as well as the Franciscan Action network. It is under the banner of "Links to my World" I look forward to your comments.