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Open Your Arms

Jun 4, 2021
Open your arms


He came to the United States with little beyond the certainty that he was meant to be a priest, something he couldn’t do in his native Czech Republic because of an oversupply. John Neumann (1811-1860) was ordained less than a month later, and tirelessly ministered to German and Italian immigrants as well as native-born Americans in the mid-Atlantic states, including eight years as Philadelphia’s bishop.


St. John Neumann,
I don’t know what to say or do
when I encounter people
who don’t talk or look like me.
May I remember that just as with you,
a saint in the making is in them—and me.


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