We, the Sisters of Charity of New York and Associates, pray for the sixty-plus victims who died in the tragic bus incident this past week. We mourn the loss of their lives, and the loss their deaths will cause to our nation. Each person only sought a better life yet died horribly on a deserted road.
We pray that the survivors of this tragedy may recover and be provided a future in this country that, too often, oppresses migrants and asylum seekers. We unite with Pope Francis in asking our God to open the hearts of all Americans so that desperate humans never again need to risk their lives to live in America.
We pray that our government and church leaders will realize that positive action must be taken today. The time for studies and discussions is long since passed. Each day sees the death of a new neighbor.
Our faith teaches us to love ALL God’s creation. We, as Catholics, cannot choose to love some and let others suffocate in the heat of a locked truck.
We ask for God’s mercy on all victims of our country’s cruel and inhuman treatment of migrants and asylum seekers. We ask for the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to allow us to begin our love of neighbor throughout America anew.
Bless you for this and may God comfort the family members of those who have been needlessly lost, give them strength and watch over the soul’s of the departed.
The SCNY Immigration Committee applauds this statement. This atrocity was far from respect for life. May the victims attain their goal in heaven and May the survivors forgive us all!
I join in prayer for those who died and those who survived this awful tragedy. Thank you for this public statement. As our country celebrates Independence Day, I pray that the last sentence become a mantra for me and for all of us. May we ask for the wisdom of the Spirit to allow us to begin again our love of neighbor in America.