Tonight I attended my first ‘Healing Our Borders’ prayer vigil in Douglas Arizona. This vigil happens on a weekly basis, where people of all faiths and backgrounds gather to remember the lives of our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives trying to cross the border to the U.S. During the vigil, we say aloud the name of each life lost, and share that they are still with us by shouting ‘Presente’. Some crosses bear the name of those who died, whiles others were unable to be identified (No identificado). While holding the cross of someone who was unable to be identified, I began to think about their life. Who they could have been, what they loved, how they spent their time. What was the story of this unknown or known person who tragically lost their life purely because they wanted something better, wanted a way to support their loved ones? We are all human beings. We are all beloved children of God. We all have something worth sharing. We all have a story.
Sadly, some cannot share their story. They have had that opportunity, that right, taken away from them. Our brothers and sisters have tragically been unable to share their joys and sorrows, their love, their passions and their adventure in this life. Whether crossing a border between two countries or crossing an ocean, we are all human beings. We all have a story that needs to be shared. Be sure to listen, not just with your ears, but with your whole being. That is my prayer tonight, that we are able to listen with our whole beings to the pain in the world.