Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, and the author of Iraqi Women of Three Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace, based on her exhibit of photos and interviews. She has also written Women of Bible Lands: A Pilgrimage to Compassion and Wisdom (Liturgical Press), the first guide book to associate stories about or by Jewish, Christian and Muslim women with over 200 sites in the Middle East (Israel, Palestine, Sinai, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Greece and Turkey).
Last spring, we took a solidarity and service trip to Peru to clean up trash and meet with women who are partnered with our Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio.
I who have taught a university class, "The Holocaust, Never Again," cringed as I listened to him and the others speaking on a panel sponsored by Project Lifeline. That project is trying to shine a light on the 134,526 refugee and immigrant children who were put in detention centers in 2017, after fleeing danger and hardship and seeking protection in the U.S.
Pinocchio, who is on his way to delight my grandniece and nephew in their home in the U.S., has been guiding me in Italy. He is worried that people are forgetting what truth means.
Do we have eyes to see the sacredness of water? May we who have passed through the waters of baptism recognize that as our call to speak and work passionately so all in our global family may have clean water.