Memorial Day: In Memorial Days past, our family has gone out to local cemeteries to honor those who have fought for our country. Yesterday, we met with a group of Catholic Workers on Cleveland’s near west side who, quite regularly, “fight for peace.” They are non-violent, opposed to war, and quite vocal about it. What’s more, they work stridently for more social justice, worldwide, to help diffuse some of the tension that leads to war. For instance, yesterday I interviewed Sr. Catherine Walsh who is with the Catholic Workers in Akron, and who had come out to Cleveland for the day. She supervises an Hispanic Catholic Worker House in Akron and said several years ago she had taken in a woman who had come here from the Honduras. A natural disaster had destroyed this woman’s home. A single mother, she left her three chidren with a sister, traveled north through five countries, and entered the U.S. illegally (with the help of “Coyotes”) to earn money so her children could eat and have another home. Sr. Catherine said the woman worked at a back breaking job for meager wages in a tire company (her arms often black and blue from all the lifting), all to take care of her children…. And we’re worried about these people being here? We should be looking at this as a tremendous spiritual opportunity, to help.