Pope Francis chose, “A Church Without Frontiers, Mother to All”, as his theme for World Day of the Migrants and Refugees. In his message he says, “The Church without frontiers, Mother to all, spreads throughout the world a culture of acceptance and solidarity, in which no one is seen as useless, out of place or disposable.”
We seven Jesuits have begun this migrant journey
in this spirit. We set out with the goal of seeking to understand the reality of the phenomenon of migration from the perspective of communities of origin, transit, destination and return. We are not playing to be migrants, rather we are seeking to immerse ourselves in the reality and from this place reflect on where God is in all of this.
Pope Francis continues, “We sense in our conscience the call to touch human misery, and to put into practice the commandment of love that Jesus left us when he identified himself with the stranger, with the one who suffers, with all the innocent victims of violence and exploitation.” The seven of us Jesuits set forth on this journey to respond to this call. The voices of our sisters and brothers crying out as they flee violence, exploitation, broken economic systems and corrupt governments will not go unheard. We hope to give voice to these sisters and brothers if ours. And through, this work towards truly being a Church without borders.