What do swimming lessons have to do with the sanctity of life?
We are always worried that letting people in will allow them to take things away from us: jobs, land, money, culture. We are afraid because we do not understand the place they have come from … but that is exactly why we should help. People have lived in poverty, war, and slavery, and those lucky enough to make it out, look for ways to make their futures better.
Jesus preached inclusion and concern for all peoples. Our brothers and sisters include all those who seek our assistance or refuge. We must try to welcome them as Jesus welcomes us.
How do you and your family reach out to a brother or sister in need? How can we encourage each other to help others? As a family, discuss whether or not you believe that what Jesus taught us still works in our real life today.
May the Lord bless you and bring you closer to a place of peace today.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!