Pope Francis reminds us about what matters

Neither building walls nor hunting down and deporting millions of immigrants is the answer to the refugee crisis.

In a speech to both houses of Congress this morning, Pope Francis said,

“Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War. This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions. We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'”

Deceptively simple, but so very true.

“Do not judge, lest you be judged.” (Matthew 7, 1-3)

“There but for the grace of God, go I.” (Uttered by John Bradford)

May we turn the page today and begin a new tomorrow based on respectful good faith dialogue to reach solutions that benefit the many instead of feeding the greed of the self-interested few.

He also called for an end to the death penalty, respect for all life, an end to income inequality and cooperation to end human-caused climate change.

He praised four Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

Dorothy Day was an American socialist.

5 Responses to Pope Francis reminds us about what matters

  1. ed nelson says:

    The man is a great normal ”humane” man.

    Just imagine courage it took to stood up the lunchin with ”penguine suited mammon today!! so he could be with real folks.

    He is the Pope of this time, he is!

  2. What a wonderful, humane man. He is a truth teller.

  3. oldgold says:

    Listening to the speech live, I thought he said “Doris Day!” In the springtime of my dotage, this misunderstanding damn near overloaded my neural network.

  4. Disappointed says:

    I think certain ppl have lost compassion. How is deporting 11 million ppl going to help America? That is millions in lost tax revenue. What happened to helping ppl just because it’s the right thing to do?

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