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Edition No. 172— May 21, 2021 
Sister Kathleen Burton SSJ
Humanitarian Respite Center
McAllen, Texas
Reflections at the Border
“You will be changed.” A friend and former colleague said this to me when I told him that I was going to volunteer at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. I had no idea how profoundly true that statement was until I began my journey home and spent some time reflecting back on the experience.   

During my time at the Center, because I didn’t speak Spanish, I worked with other volunteers in the clothes room, organizing all of the clothes donations, so each family could be outfitted with a clean set of clothes as they prepared for the final stage of their journey. What struck me most during this time, was the hope and determination of these young families along with their heartfelt gratitude for what they received from the Center.   After having endured tremendous danger and hardship, they came to the Center filled with hope for a better life with their family. So many young families arrived with infants or very young children. Some women had even given birth while on the journey. One woman said that she would rather risk the dangers of crossing the Rio Grande than risk remaining in her town.   

Returning home from this privileged time left me with a deeper challenge and that challenge is—What next? How can I continue to  share this mission with others? As Pope Francis says in Fratelli Tutti, “We cannot be indifferent to suffering, we cannot allow anyone to go through life as an outcast.”   ( FT #68) 
Saint Joseph Villa
National Hummus Day
May 13, 2021
It was a beautiful day to enjoy each other's company on the patio at Saint Joseph Villa and celebrate National Hummus Day.
Laudato Sí Reflection for May 23, 2021
Sisters of Saint Joseph serving on the Chapter Implementation Subcommittee for Directive II, offer this excerpt from Laudato Sí and questions that you can use for your personal reflection, local community sharing, or another creative way you can incorporate these into your life. Enjoy this week's reflection.
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"With the help of God's grace and in fidelity to our founder's expressed wish, we live and work lovingly among all persons with a special preference for those who are poor, which calls us wherever we are to be in union with them."
                         — SSJ Constitutions #21
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