Recently under the direction of Justice and Peace Coordinator Noella Poinsette, several Sisters gathered to design and write cards to immigration detainees at the Stewart Center in Georgia. This was in conjunction with a project being done in a local area of El Refugio. Notes were written in English, and some in Spanish, to simply let detainees know that they are not forgotten. There are people on the outside who care about them and who are working (and praying) to change our immigration policies so that they reflect Catholic social teaching – recognizing the inherent dignity of each person created in the image of a loving God – and recognizing the right of anyone to migrate, especially when they are fleeing the imminent threat of death. Notes were written to show solidarity with these sisters and brothers who are marginalized and criminalized. Hopefully the notes will lift the spirits of some who wait not knowing how long and often not knowing where the rest of their family has been detained or deported to.
“I would like to ask you all to see a ray of hope as well in the eyes and hearts of refugees and of those who have been forcibly displaced, hope that is expressed in expectations for the future, in the desire for friendship, in the wish to participate in the host society… I admire the courage of those who hope to be able gradually to resume a normal life, waiting for joy and love to return to brighten their existence. We can and must all nourish this hope!” Pope Francis