A Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, Karge is a graduate of Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C. She has practiced immigration law in Chicago for more than 30 years. She volunteers in immigration clinics in Chicago and with the CARA Pro Bono Project at the South Texas Residential Family Center in Dilley, Texas, the private prison for noncriminal asylum-seeking women and children. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She works with the Chicago-based group Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants and is a frequent speaker on immigration and workers' rights. She participated in NETWORK'S Nuns on the Bus three times, the first time in support of the 2013 immigration reform effort.
The post-Easter Scripture readings of Jesus and his followers in the boat and on the sea struck me in a new way in light of the current worldwide migration crisis.
On May 11, 2018, more than 200 people from around the country gathered at St. Bridget for a prayer service and rally. No longer alone, we have learned anew the value of community in fighting the attacks on our immigrant sisters and brothers. However, we admit to still being confused and afraid of what might happen next in this anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, "throw them all out" climate of 2018. Send us your Spirit, O God!
Like dried beans prepared for a stew, do we all need a good soaking by the love and mercy of God? What is the recipe for compassion, empathy, and embracing the DACAmented, and the undocumented among us during this season of Lent?
In light of the events of the recent September days and the first week of October, we have been presented with many occasions to reflect, pray and act on how we treat each other, respond to those in need and use our beautiful world in a responsible way.