The following is an excerpt from an article written by Cardinal Mahoney of the Los Angeles Diocese. He is encouraging people to pray and fast tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5, for just and humane immigration reform.
“This week the United States Senate will debate, and hopefully vote on, immigration reform legislation. The outcome promises to have far-reaching effects for all Americans, including those among us who are not
citizens but who believe in the American Dream.
At this important moment, it is crucial that we focus our minds and hearts on our goal: achieving just and humane immigration reform, reform that respects the dignity of each and every person. That is why I am asking
Catholic faithful throughout our Archdiocese to make this Wednesday, April 5, a special day of prayer and fasting. Let us pray for our legislators and for all those who would be affected by the legislation under consideration. Let us fast in solidarity with those members of our community,
especially the undocumented, who often endure lives of deprivation and hardship.
As Catholic Christians, the Gospel calls us to love and to stand in solidarity with the poor, the stranger, the least among us. Indeed, Christ's love provides the foundation for our advocacy and work for just and humane immigration reform.
It is providential that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, writes on love as the heart of the Christian faith in his first Encyclical Letter, Deus Caritas Est ("God is Love"):
...if in my life I fail completely to heed others, solely out of a desire to be devout and to perform my "religious duties," then my relationship with God will also grow arid. It becomes merely "proper" but loveless. Only my readiness to encounter my neighbor and to show him love makes me sensitive to God as well. Only if I serve my neighbor can my eyes be opened to what God does for me and how much he loves me. . . Love of God and love of neighbor are thus inseparable, they form a single commandment. . . No longer is it a question, then, of a "commandment" imposed from without calling
for the impossible, but. . . a love which by its very nature must then be shared with others. (Deus Caritas Est no. 18).
I encourage all Catholics to attend Mass this Wednesday to pray for just and humane immigration reform legislation. I will celebrate the 12:10 PM Mass at
the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on that day, and will also observe a special fast. Even if you cannot attend Mass in your parish, I invite you to spend some time in prayer for our legislators, for the achievement of just
and human immigration reform, and for those among us who will be most affected by it.”
Click on this link http://www.archdiocese.la/news/story.ph