How God used immigration to lead one to find and ultimately fulfill her calling in life.
For many of us, the daily struggle of 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States is not a very real wound in our hearts but rather an abstract piece of data in our heads. To paraphrase Joseph Stalin: ‘The distress of one undocumented person is a tragedy. The distress of millions is a statistic.’ Rather than weeping with those who weep, we are content simply to count them.
The beauty of March Madness is that history has taught us there is no scientific method to predicting the outcomes of these games.
We who are already supposed to be “different,” changed by our knowledge of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary, are all too often like Simon. We are unwitting, maybe even unwilling. We trudge through busy lives, often too busy to remember. To set aside time and space to reflect and then act as a child of God should.
Every day people are faced with difficult choices about their lives and many times we are called to walk alongside them as they try to navigate these decisions. Sometimes, when decisions and situations are very difficult and complicated the person will seek the help of a social worker, someone who has been professionally trained to help. How are we to best help in these situations?
Learning is a sacred, lifelong process that commences in the classroom. We need classrooms that provide safe places to learn. As a student, I urge my classmates to recognize that now is the time to begin debating and discussing that which is hard and controversial. To do this well, both students and professors must work together to form communities built on respect that encourage questioning.