1. Cesar Chavez Day: In the presence of United Farmworkers co-founder Dolores Huerta and current president Arturo Rodriguez and several members of the Chavez family, President Obama signed a statement proclaiming March 31st to be Cesar Chavez Day and urged "all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and education programs to honor Cesar Chavez’s enduring legacy.” President Obama's visitors also reminded him of the need for immigration reform to allow the legalization of millions of undocumented people living and working in the United States.
Also, at a ceremony at the Labor Department, Secretary Hilda Solis (photo, center) unveiled a new mosaic with the face of Chavez. She was accompanied by the late labor leader's brother Richard Chavez and his niece Camila Chavez.
2. Bishop Ruiz's Homily: Mons. Samuel Ruiz García, bishop emeritus of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México and honorary president of SICSAL was the guest homilist at the special 30th Anniversary Mass for Mons. Oscar Arnulfo Romero on 3/24/2010 in the crypt of the Cathedral of San Salvador. The homily is long and wonderful and is available on Adital for those who read Spanish. "No es la tumba de un hombre muerto - asesinado diría con mayor precisión - la que desde aquí observamos, sino el faro luminoso que nos ha guiado durante las últimas tres décadas, en la búsqueda y en la construcción del Reino de Dios que nos vino a anunciar Jesús." "This is not the tomb of a dead man -- an assassinated man, to be more precise -- from which we look out, but a luminous lighthouse that has guided us over the last three decades in seeking and building the Kingdom of God that Jesus came to proclaim..."
3. Vía Crucis del Migrante: I am actually in the middle of translating this marvellous new Stations of the Cross, courtesy of the Guatemalan bishops' conference migrant ministry program. I like it because it is sufficiently universal that it could be used in any of the countries of origin of our Latin and Central American immigrants and, with slight modifications, could be adapted for use in the U.S. The meditation from the 15th Station "Jesús Resucita Glorioso en las Culturas":
Si, es cierto, Jesús resucito, y Jesús sigue resucitando hoy en cada migrante, en el refugiado en el desplazado. Jesús sigue resucitando hoy cuando se recupera la libertad, la dignidad, la igualdad de derechos y oportunidades. Sigue resucitando cuando se respeta la vida, se hace justicia, sigue resucitando hoy cuando el migrante encuentra trabajo digno, respecto a lo que hace y cree. Sigue resucitando cuando el migrante sabe que su patria es la tierra que da el pan. Para el migrante, patria es el mundo. No debemos de tener miedo de denunciar las violaciones a los derechos humanos. Sigamos en la lucha para encontrar a Jesús en la larga peregrinación de los y las migrantes.
Yes, it is true, Jesus is risen, and Jesus continues to resurrect today in every migrant, refugee and displaced person. Jesus continues to resurrect today when freedom, dignity and equality of rights and opportunities is regained. He continues to resurrect when life is respected, when justice is done. He continues to resurrect today when the migrant finds decent work, respect for what he does and believes. He continues to resurrect when the migrant realizes that his country is the land that gives bread. The migrant's country is the world. We should not be afraid to condemn violations of human rights. Let us continue in the struggle to meet Jesus in the long pilgrimage of the migrants.
4. Teresa Forcades' Journey to the Holy Land: Regular readers of this blog might notice that I started to translate Sr. Teresa's blog posts about her trip and then stopped and took all existing posts down. Briefly, it was becoming too time-consuming and taking me away from other things I needed to do. Those who can read Catalan can find her journey on her Un Mandament Nou blog.