Inspired by @theleica10. #lovedaresyoutocareforthepeopleontheedgeofthenight
When I was maybe 10 or 11 we had a visiting priest from South America. During his sermon he described the conditions of his parish. He described the struggle, anguish, love and faith among his parishioners. The priest used no extra words in his sermon, he described things in exacting detail, and he did not soften his message as he looked into the eyes of everyone in our church.
When his sermon was complete he walked back to his seat, briefly looking over his shoulder he said, just as God chose for you to be born here he also chose for my parishioners to be born there, you should be thankful for his choices.
Before he sat, the collection plates began working their way through the pews. They were full as they passed us in the 5th or 6th row, I guess guilt weighs heavy on the wallet.
I remember this as it was yesterday even though three decades have passed and I am no longer a regular churchgoer. The problem is I do not remember it every day.
I was reminded of it recently watching a person rock back and forth in pain from the cold, wet weather that has persisted for months. I was reminded I have been fortunate enough that I haven't been forced to take shelter in an open-front bus stop. I was reminded that I've forgotten my fortune more days than I've remembered.
I took this picture, walked across the street and gave him the cash I had on hand. There was no discussion and I cannot imagine it meant much on such a miserable day. It certainly didn't make things right but I guess guilt still weighs heavy when we remember to care for the people on the edge of the night.
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