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February 6, 2007 |
Many, many thanks for what you said abut the homeless being just ordinary people like you and me on this weekend's "Lake Wobegon." All too often people look down their noses at the homeless, considering them inferior to themselves, whereas many, if not most of them are simply victims of a very unjust economic situation. Such words from you in a humorous context are far more effective of good than sermons from the likes of me.
(Rev.) Tom S., S.J.
There are times when a person feels so low that nobody could possibly be inferior, and maybe that's why God grants us the blues. And when the blues strikes you hard and it's also twenty below zero, it's a harrowing experience, and that's where that particular monologue comes from. The insight on the homeless comes from my brother and from my wife, not from me. They get out and see more than I do. I just steal from what I overhear and stick it into stories. And don't disparage the good that is effected by sermons from the likes of you.