Pauline Hovey is a writer living in southern New Mexico near the El Paso-Juárez border. She gained a clearer understanding of the plight of migrants and asylum seekers by volunteering for nearly five years at hospitality centers in El Paso, Texas.

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Remembering the farmworkers whose harvest feeds us each night

Commentary: During this season, I see them in the fields every morning. The onion pickers. Watching them reminds me that I have a responsibility to use the knowledge I've gained of the difficulties farmworkers face.


This tension is a holy thing

Soul Seeing: Why has this internal tension of mine shown up? I suspect it's because what is being asked of me is unending. It's neither comfortable nor convenient. Nor is the outcome within my control.


The gift of an unexpected midwife

Soul Seeing: An early episode of "Call the Midwife" brought me back 11 years, when I may have been like a midwife, an intermediary.

Catholic women pursue pro-life values at the border

Catholic women have come to El Paso, Texas, to live out a call they say honors the sacredness and respect for life their faith teaches. And how these Catholic women define "pro-life" goes far beyond a single issue.