This theme reminds us of our responsibility as Catholics to help newcomers integrate in ways that are respectful, culturally sensitive and responsive to social needs, and of the ongoing need for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.
A Prayer to St. Juan Diego
St. Juan Diego, our first saint from the Americas, pray for us.
We ask God the Father
to pour forth the protecting love of his Spirit upon all migrants,
taking special heed of those in need of support,
who are isolated or separated from their native lands,
whether by choice or necessity.
St. Juan Diego,
intercede for those torn away from their families in pursuit of work
that they may be reunited: husbands with wives and parents with children.
As the Virgin of Guadalupe promised you
her compassionate prayers for the poor of Mexico,
so now raise your merciful pleading
for migrant women and children
who are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of human tra cking.
Seek for them protection from all evil.
May we, O Blessed Juan Diego, receive through your prayers,
the grace to welcome with love to our country
all migrants who seek a home in our parishes and communities.
And we ask that you join your prayers to those of Our Lady,
who appeared to you as your Mother and as Mother of all in our land.
May she wrap her mantle of protection around all migrant people.
We beg for her love, compassion, help, and protection on all immigrants
who today experience great su erings, sorrows, necessities, and misfortunes.
In the shared power of Christ
and the union of the Holy Spirit,
we say: Amen.
be sure to read this Sunday's blog post in Day by Day, a Q&A with author Mary DeTurris Poust on the spirituality of food and her new book, Cravings.
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