Restore your faith in humanity with the #WelcometoCanada campaign.

Barring a minor miracle, tonight’s final Republican debate of 2015 will involve at least a few disparaging-to-hateful comments about immigrants, refugees and/or Muslims. So much for "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses."

For those who find themselves discouraged by the tenor of the conversation tonight, may I suggest walking away from the debate from time to time and searching for the #WelcometoCanada hashtag on Twitter. On the night of Dec. 10, Canada welcomed its first 600 Syrian refugees. (Ten thousand are due in the country in the next three weeks.) In response to their arrival, thousands of Canadians have been posting words of welcome. 

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Here are just a few examples:

Videos, too, have been posted, including this remarkable performance by a children’s choir of “Tala’ al-Badru ‘Alayna,” the song of gratitude and welcome sung to the Prophet Mohamed when he sought refuge in Medina.

St. Ignatius says in the midst of discouragement it’s important to recall those times when we knew hope, joy, kindness, grace. As some politicians’ words seed fear or despair, how nice it can be to turn elsewhere and be reminded of the goodness that lies within us.

Oh the white moon rose over us
From the valley of Wada'
It is incumbent upon us to show gratitude
For as long as anyone in existence calls out to God
Oh our Messenger amongst us
Who comes with the exhortations to be heeded
You have brought to this city nobility
We welcome you who call to us a good way
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