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Entertaining Angels Through Hospitality

[caption id="attachment_967" align="alignright" width="200"]Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt[/caption] I've been tempted to give up social media these past few weeks. While I enjoy the social aspect and the quick connection to family and friends, the flood of endless political pictures, articles and videos have inundated my newsfeed and provided a constant reminder of the difficult and still divisive political climate we find ourselves in. The simplicity of ignoring social media is tempting (and perhaps even news outlets), yet I'm trying to remain positive and continue finding avenues to fuel social justice work. Especially in light of so much talk of border walls and travel bans, I think of our immigrant brothers and sisters who cannot escape the political climate by tuning out of social media for a little while like I can. They live in constant limbo, when a quick signature could change everything for them, their livelihoods, their families and their future. Just as we are encouraged in the Gospel to welcome the stranger, Catholic Social Teaching also touches the issue of immigration and encourages us to be a welcoming, inclusive society expressed in the following themes:
  • Dignity of the Human Person
  • [caption id="attachment_4508" align="alignright" width="400"]hope-2046018_1920 Hope is found in the Gospel.[/caption] Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation
I have found that drawing strength and hope from the Gospel, Catholic Social Teaching, and passionate and determined individuals throughout our community has helped sustain my hope for the future. We can continue moving forward, together. If you haven't seen it yet, read the statement from the Dominican Sisters of Peace on recent executive actions regarding immigrants and refugees.

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels. Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the ill-treated as of yourselves, for you also are in the body.

Hebrews 13:1-8

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