December 18, 2014

This article appears in the Advent 2014 feature series. View the full series.
A sub-Saharan migrant gestures when a Spanish rescue boat arrives after trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar Aug. 12. Pope Francis called for the "globalization of charity" through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees. (CNS photo/A. Carrasco Ragel, EPA)

"O King of All Nations and Cornerstone of the Church, rey de todas las naciones y piedra de la iglesia, come and deepen our love for all your people. God promised a savior, a cornerstone, to people journeying through life long before Jesus was born. These journeys that appear to be driven by human need or a desire for a better life may be God's plan for the enrichment of humanity. These journeys are always journeys of hope, so as we journey through Advent, we are secure in the knowledge of Jesus, the cornerstone."

- Sr. Maria Larkin, OSB

During Advent 2013, NCRonline.org invited the sisters of the Monastery of Mount St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kan., to contribute O Antiphons; Global Sisters Report is sharing some of them this year in Visual Life. You can read the full series as it is republished this month here.

Today is International Migrants Day.

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