At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended on those gathered together after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven. Tongues of fire appeared. Everyone suddenly started speaking in a different language. Jews from every nation were staying in Jerusalem at this time, and were shocked when they overheard people speaking in their various native languages (Acts 2:1-11).
The Pentecost story is a story of unity: people from different nations who spoke different languages were all able to understand each other, because they were united in the Spirit. As we celebrate the Easter season and move toward Pentecost, we remember that the Holy Spirit unites us still today, regardless of the language we speak or where we live. And as members of one family, let us speak with one voice to support our brothers and sisters from every country who need our assistance.
Our brothers and sisters around the world are leaving their homes and everything they know. They are in search of safety, stability and a better future for themselves and their families. And, we have an opportunity to stand with them by ensuring that the United States provides the leadership and aid required to help refugees, and to address the reason why people are forced from their homes in the first place.
Take this opportunity to walk with your neighbor on their journey and speak out for them.
Refugees need your support. Tell your members of Congress to support refugee funding and to protect lifesaving foreign aid for refugees around the world today!
To send a message supporting immigrant and refugee families visit:
Justice for Immigrants, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholics Confront Global Poverty, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services
Read recent news stories to provide background, context and first-person accounts.
Salvadoran bishops visit US to ask that migrant protections be restored, Catholic News Agency
Fewer refugees accepted into U.S. impacts Catholic resettlement programs, Crux
What life is like on the U.S.-Mexico border. America Magazine
Cardinal Tagle says everyone has a little migrant in their soul. Catholic News Service
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25