Last week’s feast of Pentecost reminds us of the history of our church and of our current obligations to care for those in need. A walk through most neighborhoods or a glimpse of the evening news will reveal many needy people, but perhaps among the most compelling stories have been those of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum at our borders. In an effort to control costs, the Trump administration has ordered an end to what are called non-essential services, such as legal representation, education and recreation. Since asylum seekers are five times more likely to succeed if they have a lawyer, expecting children to represent themselves is tantamount to denying asylum.. Failing to provide education and recreation to children who have been traumatized and held in detention is at the very least inhumane and may ultimately be ruled illegal. May Mary, Mother of us all, help us to care for these children.