23 Nov JESUIT MIGRANT NETWORK ASSEMBLY, LATINAMERICA
“The future will be of hope if we build it together.” With this theme we were called together and met in Bogota to share the Continental Assembly of the Jesuit Network with Migrants, from the 7 th to the 11 th of November. They were days of experiencing the richness of diversity in synodal group development In order to understand the reason for the assembly as a major organ of authority that made possible “fostering a spirituality of communion-collaboration, a spirit of service, and a joint mission geared to the building of universal brotherhood in the face of the absolutization of national borders”. During these days we approached the reality contemplatively, going in depth into the significance and action of the network and the mission for which we were coming together.
The final document (available in spanish, portugués, francés and english) sums up in a message the work that we carried out, the perspective from which we focused and
our stance before the cry of forced migration in Our America.
Pedro Arrupe SJ, in the letter of November 14, 1980 that announced the creation of JRS, stated, “We should consider the opportunity to give service as a privilege that, in its turn, will bring us great blessings from God.” These words accompanied a moment of prayer during the Assembly and resonated deep within me. The opportunity to accompany the resilient hope motivated the journeys of so many people forced to migrate. I am grateful that we are echoing this hope, experiencing that we are pilgrims with the same human nature, conforming our dedication with the commitment to repair this open wound in the heart of the world that harms the most sacred and inalienable right of each person – his or her dignity!
Marialis Etchegaray, aci.