June 15, 2018
In recent weeks, our border communities have witnessed several actions that gravely trouble the Christian conscience. The bridges that unite us to our sister city of Ciudad Juárez have been converted into steel gates against families fleeing for their lives. We have heard the crying of children separated from mothers and fathers. Our Tornillo port of entry will soon be transformed into the likes of a child refugee camp. The blood of Claudia Patricia Gómez González continues to cry out to heaven and question us - why?
In the words of the soon to be canonized Monseñor Oscar Romero, we greatly fear that very soon the Bible and the Gospel will not be able to enter through our borders. We fear that if Jesus of Nazareth returned, as at that time, from Galilee to Judea, that is, from San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala to Laredo, Texas or from Parral, Chihuahua to El Paso, we dare say he would not get as far as Sacred Heart Church downtown before being detained.
What is at stake is the fundamental question of being Christian today, of being a person of faith today in our country and on the continent that is suffering an hour of Christ’s passion. In this darkness, we are hungry for the real God.
The Bishop of El Paso, Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, calls on the People of God in the Diocese of El Paso, on all the faithful, clergy and religious to take part in a public, prayerful procession in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who continue to migrate to our border on Friday evening, July 20th, 2018. Together we will implore the Mother of God, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas, to give us wisdom and grace to move forward. We also call on all people of faith and goodwill, as well as our leaders in public life, the worlds of culture and commerce and the legal community to join us in this public witness to human dignity. We will publish more details in the coming days.
All things have been made one in Christ. And still, Christ is found in the one lonely migrant who knocks at our door, looking for respite. Now, let us feed them, pray with them and wash their feet.
Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of El Paso
Ms. Lily Limón and Mr. Dylan Corbett, Co-Chairs