‘Our own from the very beginning’

A column in the latest issue of  The Witness, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, puts a very personal face on the immigration debate by telling the story of Cynthia Hernandez, a mother of four who was recently deported to Mexico. 

The plight of Hernandez, a member of the parish council at St. Mary’s Parish in Marshalltown, Iowa, and the wife of a deacon candidate in the archdiocese, prompted some in the parish to rally around “one of our own,” writes Dick Schrad, parish council president.

But Catholics must remember that all immigrants “have been ‘our own’ from the very beginning” and that Christ asks us to share our blessings with others, Schrad adds. Read the full column here.

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  1. I believe the patrons of all immigrants (documented and undocumented) is none other than Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Why? Because they were immigrants as well. Remember Joseph was told in a dream to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt. I bet they experienced everything today’s immigrants experienced, to and include the rejection and injustice. I also be willing to hazard a guess they were undocumented as well. Therefore all of us need to remember that how we treat our immigrant brothers and sisters is how we are treating Jesus, Mary and Joseph. “What so ever you do to my brethren, you do to me.”

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