The United Nations has declared Thursday, June 20th as World Refugee Day:

The Dominican Center prays that the global community will welcome refugees, those who flee from their homes due to war, persecution, or fear of harm. As people of Faith and as citizens of a global community, we are impelled to open our hearts and our homelands.

Pope Pius XII noted that “the migrant Holy Family of Nazareth, fleeing into Egypt, is the archetype of every migrant, alien, and refugee” … And so, we pray that our own country will respectfully receive the refugee families currently at our border.

A cry was heard in Texas, sobbing and loud lamentation. Rachel bewailing her children. Her children bewailing their mother; no comfort for them…. [adapted from Matthew 2:18]

Stop separating children from parents. Immediately reunite all families. Trauma does irreparable damage and harm to the young – this is not a legacy we want to give to the future world community.

Photo: Kara Tepe Refugee Camp on Lesbos Island, Greece by United Nations Photo / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0