May 1, 2012
Treating people with dignity
In Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10, Peter and John met a beggar. Peter said, “Look at us. I have neither silver nor gold, but what I do have I give you: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.” This miracle of the crippled man rising up gets me to think about helping the poor “rise and walk”.
People of migration have left everything in their native lands to come to the United States. They come in desperation. They were beaten down in their own nations and come here too often to live in the shadows. The migrant arrives with hope, but too often confronts rejection and disdain. Many lose sight of their dreams and their dignity. Many are crippled emotionally and struggle to maintain their core values and faith.
It is not silver and gold that is needed by the poor, but a sense of their own dignity and respect. Responsible immigration policy has sadly become unimaginable in the present political climate. The vilification of people of migration erodes the sense of dignity and self-esteem of many migrants. We need to show personal compassion and attention within our Catholic community for the marginalized of society. Respect and dignity are easily professed in words, but when Peter and John recognized the man, treated him personally, he was able to stand and walk.
Campesino Ministry Articles on National Catholic Rural Life Website
I would like to invite people to the National Catholic Rural Life Conference website. The NCRLC invited me to write a series of articles on Campesino ministry a little over one year ago. The nearly monthly articles are in the section called, “Rural Outreach and Ministry”. To obtain more articles there is a tab “Read More News”. The concern of the NCRLC is “Developing leaders through education and advocacy.”
The website is found at: www.ncrlc.com
Rev. Michael McAndrew, C.Ss.R.
Multicultural and Campesino Coordinator