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Church of Our Lady in Moose Jaw Shares The Journey

By Michele Yeager – Church of Our Lady (Moose Jaw) Social Justice Committee with files from www.devp.org and www.vaticannews.va

Church of Our Lady (Moose Jaw), closed the 2019 SHARE THE JOURNEY Development and Peace campaign with a short outdoor walk before Mass on Saturday and Sunday. Those who could not walk added their prayers for those forced to flee their homes.

Launched in Rome in September 2017, the Share the Journey campaign is more than just an initiative to raise awareness on migration issues. Rather, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to undergo a true transformation of the heart. Faced with a culture of indifference that confuses minds and stifles hearts, he has invited Catholic around the world to build a culture of encounter - a culture of mercy and compassion.

Participants in the event at Church of Our Lady in Moose Jaw were met with signs along their route asking walkers to consider questions faced by forced migrants: Who did you leave behind? Will your children be safe? What did you leave behind?

For Pope Francis, the need for building this sort of awareness moves beyond just recognizing the plight of the more than 70 million migrants and displaced persons in the world today. “It’s not just about migrants: it is about our fears. The signs of meanness around us heighten our fears of the other, the unknown, the marginalized,” Francis said in his May 27, 2019 address honouring the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

“The problem is,” Francis continued, “when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even – without realizing it – racist. In this way, fear deprives us of the desire, and the ability to encounter the other, the person different from myself; it deprives me of an opportunity to encounter the Lord.”

One participant in the brief pilgrimage at Church of Our Lady said the journey was profound and sparked good conversation. At one point the sidewalk was blocked by a sign that said BORDER CLOSED and people were forced to find another, longer route. Another participant recognized the challenges faced by refugees who are not in control of the journey they’ve been forced into. Walking without a jacket on a cold and chilly evening she remarked, “real migrants don’t get to choose their weather. “

In total approximately 180 walkers and 32 km were added to the Canadian total on the Development and Peace, Share the Journey website at www.devp.org/en/education/fall2018/walk. With an initial goal of 40, 0075 kilometers at the start of the campaign, the site currently lists a total of 68, 931.68 km achieved across the whole of Canada.

 

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