To the editor:
I’m troubled by the Church’s demand government embrace people that entered our country illegally — the (politically correct) term is undocumented aliens. Rarely is the easy way the right way.
Can acts of charity be demanded by law? Assume I live in a large family and we have neighbors. They come upon hard times and ask us to care for one of their members. We decide no, we can’t accept this person — but they sneak into a vacant room in our home, offer to work to pay expenses, and want to live with us. Okay?
Should the Church support a law that forces everyone to provide financial support through taxes? Pope Benedict made a prediction regarding the loss of religious moral authority in society. Government increasing laws which tell us right and wrong and force us to comply. Where is freedom?
Last week we were encouraged to sign cards for a political campaign on this issue. Just sign and go on with your life. How many would have signed up for a real Christian challenge?
Instead of tax dollars, each parish would accept complete financial responsibility for one or more undocumented families. Commit giving on a regular basis for that family. Devoting our resources to improve conditions in Mexico. Drive an older car, give up cable TV, and other items. How many would sign that card?
I don’t think I would either. I’d be humbled and aware of my selfishness, my failing, my lack of faith and trust. I could embrace the prayer of the tax collector, "Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner."
And, in reflection I would hopefully see positive examples by those willing to make those sacrifices — and encourage me to do the same and grow in my faith and love.