Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A familiar pilgrimage – to Los Angeles
Attending Mass today (July 21) reminded me of my childhood days when my mother announced that our family would attend Mass in el Santuario de Los Remedios located in Naucalpan, Mexico. This trip took a whole day. We would begin our walk at about eight in the morning to make it to noon Mass. Then we would eat lunch and head back so that we would make it home by nightfall. These one-day pilgrimages left many wonderful memories that I now enjoy sharing. Today, I joined others from the Diocese of San Bernardino on such a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. This trip also took a whole day, even though we traveled in a chartered bus. At the Cathedral we attended a special Mass in celebration of our immigrant roots. Along with many others who filled the Cathedral we prayed for our nation, our public leaders and comprehensive immigration reform. Throughout the liturgy I was reminded of the importance of hospitality in our everyday lives. Archbishop José Gomez, in his homily, reminded me that we are all created in God’s image and that is where our human dignity comes from, not where we were born. He also encouraged those present to continue working and supporting the immigration reform campaign. After Mass we all shared tacos, chips and chocolate, and we happily journeyed back to San Bernardino.
Hilda Cruz is the coordinator of the diocesan Justice for Immigrants Campaign.