There are still Christians who are actually Christian. Like the parishoners at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Texas. And unlike Republican House Whip Steven Palazzo, these Catholics listen to the bishops and, more importantly, also to that itinerant preacher who started the whole business:
McALLEN, Texas—They come in pairs, worn-out migrants carrying—or, in some cases being led by—children who range in age from infants to teenagers. Many of the adults weep openly when the doors to the parish hall of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen swing open and nuns, Jesuit priests and a host of local volunteers rise to their feet in a raucous standing ovation.
Bienvenidos!" shouts volunteer Hermi Forshage, clapping. "Bienvenidos! Welcome!"
The migrants are too tired and disoriented to notice Forshage; they're eager for an opportunity to wash, eat, and rest. Each is an undocumented family from Central America—Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, mostly—that is helping fuel what U.S. President Barack Obama has called a "humanitarian crisis" along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Most of the children who passed through the church one day last week were young, part of the recent surge in children under 12 caught at the border. There has been a 117 percent increase in the number of unaccompanied children caught at the border this year, compared with last year, according to the Pew Research Center. The number of children accompanied by an adult, meanwhile, has tripled, to more than 20,000…
…The migrants passing through Sacred Heart will tell you that those fleeing violence and chaos in Central America aren't likely to stop unless their home countries offer their citizens reasonable levels of safety and opportunity.
For many, the first glimmer of those ideals in the United States come at Sacred Heart Church.
This is another one from National Geographic where you should now head on over to and read the whole story, Texas Church Becomes Oasis for Central American Migrants, Their Children.
Photo by Jennifer Whitney, the New York Times, courtesy of National Geographic.