“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2 (NMW Toolkit p.9)
Dear Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates
When I read this Hebrew verse, I smile and think about the image of angels that surround us during this Advent and Christmas season. It’s a tradition to decorate with lovely angels present at the crib. But this year in National Migration Week 2019 (January 6-12), our Christmas angels could represent other angels who are perhaps strangers to us. These new angels might be the immigrant strangers who are barefoot, hungry, and in danger, as they approach our or other international borders.
The DSOP Immigration Reform Committee has decided to describe these other ‘angels’, who are strangers, that DSOP Sisters and Associates meet each day in ministries, neighborhoods, parishes, on the streets, and at the wall by creating a representation of images and words for our “band of angels” who God has sent as strangers in our lives.
Please reflect on your encounters with ‘angel refugees/immigrants/migrants’ and send us a photo, personal art, or your own words. Use this season of Advent as the time to create and submit your “angel image” by December 20. Send it to Conni Dubick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact Conni with any questions.
The IR Committee will launch these “angel images” in time for the January 6-12 National Migration Week to illustrate our DSOP efforts ‘to show hospitality to strangers who are angels and we were unawares.’
The Immigration Reform Committee members are Sisters Alicia Alvarado, Esther Calderon, Gemma Doll, Barbara Kane, Regina McCarthy, Roberta Miller, Rachel Sena, Carol Ann Spencer, Thoma Swanson, Janice Thome, Roserita Weber, Rene Weeks, and Associates Conni Dubick, Judi Engel, Dora Harper, Martha Maloney, Jim Tinnin and Tom Winters.
May you have a blessed Advent.