This isn’t exactly standard fare for OohBother, but today, it is far more important.

Right now there are tens of thousands of refugees making their way across Europe. Some of them are sick. Some of them are dying. All of them are just trying to get where they are going. Somewhere they hope, is better.

As a mother, my heart broke when I saw the lifeless image of 3-year-old, Aylan Kurdi. Knowing it would bring me to tears, I never intended to seek out the photo, but it was part of a news clip I watched earlier today. I hate that it took such a tremendous loss for me to feel impassioned enough to do something.

According to reports from the National Catholic Reporter, Pope Francis is calling for all Catholic parishes and communities across Europe to open their doors to Syrian refugees.

 “Every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every shrine of Europe house a family, starting from my diocese of Rome… I address myself to my brother bishops of Europe … that in their dioceses they will support this appeal of mine, remembering that Mercy is the second name of Love… ‘Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'”

His message of extending hope and help to those in need, should inspire us all. Whatever your faith, I hope his words might serve as a call to action.

This article from Public Radio International lists six reputable organizations that are accepting donations for refugees. Please give if you can.

And help spread the word.