To welcome is ‘to walk with’.
Francis of Assisi and those who followed in the Franciscan movement were known for their hospitality to strangers. In our country today, we are invited to respond to the new “strangers” at our door, our immigrant brothers and sisters.
As Franciscans, we believe that our calling is to welcome immigrants and to stand with them in their struggle for justice. We recognize that the immigration reform issue is complex, often dividing people of good will. Yet our faith compels us to love, to care for, and to seek justice for the stranger among us, remembering that we are all God’s children.
Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation
and especially for our Brother Sun,
who brings us the day and the light;
he is strong and shines magnificently.
O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.—The Canticle of Creation
Francis of Assisi had many of his most profound experiences of God while interacting in the natural world. Centuries ago, Francis understood the fundamental interdependence of all life on Earth. Today, his life and teachings offer Franciscans everywhere a spiritual grounding that helps us appreciate this relationship with creation — and to see it as a blessing!
Global climate change is one of the most serious and urgent issues facing the human family. The poor, the most vulnerable and future generations will pay the heaviest price for the harm that has already been done to our environment.