Recently Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Pilsen dedicated their new chapel. They have some outstanding new stained-glass windows, each of which recalls some important figure in the faith lives of our students. One of the windows depicts Saint Toribio Romo, someone I had never heard of before. From Peru I am well acquainted with Saint Toribio Mogrovejo, but he is a Spaniard who worked in Lima. They told me Saint Toribio at the Cristo Rey chapel was a Mexican who was only recently canonized and is the patron saint of those who cross the border without documents. That knocked me over. I had never heard about him.
Then I began to think: does that mean God has chosen sides in this whole immigrant problem? I wonder if the Border Patrol people also have their patron. If anyone knows the answer, please let me know. I think the answer is that God chose sides a long time ago; God chooses both sides, I suspect. God is on the side of people, but especially those on the losing side.
I gathered some information on Saint Toribio and offer it to you here.