Dear sisters and brothers,
In recent days, images of the masses of migrants attempting to cross into the European Union have dominated our newscasts, our newspapers, and social media. Among these images, we have seen the bodies of the dead given up by the sea, including women and children, and the anguished faces of parents desperately seeking help for their children.
Of course, this situation is not new. It has been growing over the past several years in intensity and danger. Some are fleeing war, some are the victims of human trafficking, and others are seeking new possibilities for their families, leaving behind destitution and despair. All are human beings, families – our brothers and sisters.
This is not a ‘European’ problem. It is not a ‘Middle East’ or an ‘African’ problem. It is a human problem – and it concerns the whole world.
We may not have the necessary answers at the moment. However, we must pressure our governments and leaders to seek together a truly compassionate, just and human response. And let us also remember these hundreds of thousands of migrants in our prayers and our charity. May the God of mercy and compassion move our hearts to a more profound experience of our common humanity. Thus, might we indeed be moved to action in justice and mercy for all.
Your brother in the Redeemer,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.