US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Remember the migrant at Christmas

As we celebrate the birth of Christ, remember that he was born Jesus the migrant, Jesus the refugee.

By Father Tom Joyce, CMF |
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An old Irish custom—at least my mother told me it was Irish and old—was to put an extra potato in the pot for supper for “the people on the road.” In the 19th century as landlords put tenants off their plots, families were forced to be migrants—internally or overseas. Remembering Matthew 25, the poor Irish would be prepared to welcome the stranger and fed the hungry—if only with a potato. I once mentioned this in a sermon and, as I greeted people after Mass, a Canadian told of a similar practice in Quebec.


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