(Originally posted on Facebook, 3/10/2022)
I just watched Belfast. ❤ Really good. It breaks the heart. It rang familiar, though I’ve never been to Northern Ireland, only the Republic. It rang true, not just because I love Ireland (who doesn’t?), but because I’m surrounded by refugees as an ESL Instructor. They’re my everyday. They’re the reason I get up and drink coffee very early in the morning. But what if they never had to leave their homes in the first place?
The world is made of “Those who left, those who stayed, and those who were lost” (Belfast). I am blessed to be in the lives of those who left. We’re already making preparations at the school for refugees from Ukraine.
The things humans do to each other. St. Teresa of Calcutta was correct: we belong to each other. To be a decent human, one has to accept that.