The Journey / La Jornada

On June 14, 2012, a group of Jesuits will begin a five week journey along the “migration corridor” from Central America to the United States.  The intention is not to emulate the journey of the migrants (it would be unrealistic to think that we would be able to do that), but to gain a better understanding of the reality of migration and the difficulties encountered by migrants on their journey to the U.S.

During this time we will visit  shelters, human rights organizations, parishes, and different Jesuit projects that assist migrants along the migration corridor.  We also hope to dialogue with migrants as we encounter them along the journey.  All of this accompanied by social and theological reflection, dialogue, and analysis of potential pastoral and policy responses.  We will be blogging here as much as the experience allows us to and we will do it in both English and Spanish.

We invite and encourage you to follow this blog during these coming weeks.  You may encounter some of our reflections useful to understand the migrant’s journey.   This experience is more than an academic or social approach to understanding migration; it is a desire to deepen our faith by encountering Christ along the way.  “The goal of theology is not simply to understand, but to understand in order to transform the reality of oppression, violence, and sin in which people live as they journey toward the realization of the reign of God.” (Gioacchino Campese, C.S.)

In the coming weeks, please keep us and all the women and men who are forced to migrate throughout the world in your prayers.

El 14 de Junio del 2012, un grupo de Jesuitas iniciará una experiencia de cinco semanas a lo largo del corredor migratorio que va de Centroamérica a los Estados Unidos.  La intención no es imitar o reproducir la travesía de los migrantes (sería poco realista pensar que podríamos hacer eso), sino profundizar en la comprehensión de la realidad de la migración y las dificultades encnontradas por l@s migrantes en su trayecto a los Estados Unidos .

Durante estas semanas visitaremos albergues, organizaciones que defienden los derechos humanos de l@s migrantes, parroquias y diferentes proyectos Jesuitas que asisten a migrantes a lo largo del corredor migratorio.  También esperamos dialogar con migrantes que encontremos a lo largo del recorrido.  Todo esto acompañado de reflexión social y teológica, diálogo y análisis de posibles respuestas pastorales y políticas.  Estaremos escribiendo en este blog tan seguido como la experiencia nos lo permita y lo haremos en Español e Inglés.

Les invitamos y motivamos a seguir este blog durante las próximas semanas.  Quizá encuentren  útil alguna de nuestras reflexiones para entender la “Jornada del Migrante.”  Esta experiencia es más que un acercamiento académico y social a la realidad migratoria.  Es también el deseo de profundizar nuestra fe al encontrarnos con Cristo en el camino.   “La meta de la teología no es simplemente entender, sino entender para transformar la realidad de opresión, violencia y pecado en que la gente vive mientras peregrinamos hacia la realización del reino de Dios.” (Gioacchino Campese, C.S.)

En las siguientes semanas, por favor tenganos en sus oraciones a nosotros y a todos los hombres y mujeres que se ven forzados a migrar en todo el mundo.

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18 responses to “The Journey / La Jornada

  1. Eusebia

    Estaremos pensando en vosotros y rezando para que todo vaya bien. Eusebia y Andy

  2. Tom Smolich

    Alejandro y companeros…you are in my prayers!
    vayan con Dios…Tom

  3. Barbara Norton

    This will be such faith filled journey blessed with God’s presence and love.
    My prayers are with all involved in this journey of love and understanding
    and especially with those who live it daily.
    May God Bless You and hold you in the palm of HIS hand!!

  4. Dani villanueva

    Con ustedes vamos muchos. Animo compañeros!! Sean nuestros ojos… Mis oraciones y animo desde otra frontera, con otros caminantes…

  5. Daniel Izuzquiza, SJ

    Mucho ánimo, compañeros. Buen camino. Big hug and deepest prayers

  6. Bill Kelley

    Hi Bryan,

    Ray Guiao sent me your blog. I will follow it! I wish you the best on this journey and will certainly remember you in prayers.

    Bill Kelley

  7. Joseph Cassar, SJ

    Hi all,

    I’ll keep you all in my prayers, together with my students and with all my African friends who have survived the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean Sea crossing. God be with you all.

  8. Gustavo Morello SJ

    Que Dios los bendiga a Ustedes y que esta experiencia nos ayude a todos a estar mas atentos a las necesidades de otros.

  9. Danielle Jolicoeur

    Alejandro,
    Que Dios este en camino con ustedes paso a paso.

  10. Sue

    Matthew,

    Keeping you in my prayers during this journey. I’ll share with Grandma.

    Love,

    Aunt Sue

  11. nos esperamos agui en el desierto de Pimeria Alta. espero que pueden cruzar sin problemas. la clima mata 45 hoy

  12. Prayers for you and your journey. I hope you produce some kind of video about the experience!

  13. Matthew, you are in my prayers……vivian

  14. Gordon Moreland, s.j.

    Matthew, I am very proud of what you are doing. I pray that the Lord make his presence known to you and those you meet along the way. Love, Uncle Godon

  15. Michael Engh, S.J.

    An amazing journey, and a privilege to journey with you via your blog.

  16. Barbara Fredrick

    This is a wonderful journey. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Will you be writing during the trip? Where can I read about it? I would love to hear how it goes.

    Barbara Fredrick

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