Immigration is a volatile subject. How should we, as Christians, respond to this issue?

In this program, Fr. Mike talks about Ruth, an immigrant herself. He gives the historical context, about 1100 years before Jesus. Naomi was living in Bethlehem. The country was struck with famine and hardship. But, on the other side, things were good. So she and her husband moved to Moab. They were immigrants in this land. Here her two sons married local women. 

Then her husband and sons died.  Now Naomi wanted to return to her native country. Naomi told the two women that they should stay in their own land and marry someone there. But Ruth chose not to do so. There is a beautiful passage of Ruth telling Naomi that she loved her and would go with her. So,they go to Bethlehem and now Ruth is the immigrant.

Fr. Mike looks at the reasons for immigration and why attitudes toward immigrants are not always good. He quotes several passages from the Bible about how we should treat immigrants and strangers.  He then looks at in-laws and commitment. There is a beautiful “Moment of Commitment” during the program.

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CARE FOR CREATION with Betsy Reifsnider

We know that God created the whole universe. We also know that all creation has been given into our hands to care for it.

Fr. Mike interviews Betsy Reifsnider about her work with the Catholic Climate Coalition. Betsy tells a story about class she was visiting. She mentioned to the children that some birds might become "extinct' when Mono Lake dries up. Los Angeles is draining the water from the lake.  So the teacher asked the class if they knew the meaning of "extinct." A little 5 year old boy said, "It's when a type of animal dies and something in us dies, too." This child really understands care of creation.

Father Mike and Betsy go on to talk about the effects of climate change, especially how those who cause the least, suffer the most. Betsy mentions that the three mantras of the Holy Father are : the Poor, Peace and Creation.

They also talk about Jesus' relationship with creation and the many references there are in the gospels.  Then Fr. Mike asks Betsy to give some practical advice on how we, as Christians, can become involved. She has many suggestions, some easy and some a bit more challenging.

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