To the editor:
I enjoyed your article about Holy Family Parish in Auburn. I applaud their action in opening a homeless shelter for men who had no where else to go. I hope they extend their call for volunteers to nearby parishes so more may share in caring for our brothers.
These actions help us more deeply experience our faith. I’ve never agreed with those who say “God is leading us” through closing Catholic parishes and schools. Christ is calling us now, as always, to care for our least brothers and sisters as we would for him. Our actions will show how alive our ‘spirit’ is!
In personally sharing clothing, food, and shelter we experience great rewards. We can again have a growing community of faith and make closings a thing of the past.
My son and I have brought food to a shelter in Syracuse. It brings the concept of Christian charity to life. These least brothers are not always patient or courteous; many have problems with drinking or drugs. Who wants to help people when it’s “their fault!?”
As we grew to see them as brothers and reflect on how blessed we’ve been — we learned to help with joy and serve with humility, remembering: “There, but for the grace of God, go I.”
May we remember Christ’s depiction of the sheep and goats at final judgment. How surprised the condemned were who said, “Lord, when did we see you and not care for your needs?” We may benefit from a more modern ending, “Lord, I didn’t know you expected me to serve in person, I thought my tax dollars and donations took care of all that….?”
The people in Auburn decided to call these homeless men clients. Perhaps it would be better for us to call them our brothers?
Franklin Street, Lyons