“Love is not something put upon a shelf, to be taken down on rare occasions with sugar-tongs and laid on a rose-leaf. I make strong demands on love, call for active witnesses to prove it, and noble sacrifices and grand achievements as its results. Unless these appear, I cast aside the word as a sham and counterfeit, having no ring of the true metal. Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or goodness without activity and power. As a human quality, the glorious significance of affection is more than words: it is the tender, unselfish deed done in secret; the silent, ceaseless prayer; the self-forgetful heart that overflows; the veiled form stealing on an errand of mercy, out of a side door; the little feet tripping along the sidewalk; the gentle hand opening the door that turns toward want and woe, sickness and sorrow, and thus lighting the dark places of earth” .
Mary Baker Edddy
(Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 250)
This is for the young man who was turned away from his own CS branch church on a cold, dark night without even a crib for a bed or an offering from the members of his own branch church. Their seeming lack of love occurred during his most desperate hour of need.
Perhaps the man critically needed shelter because he took care of another student of CS all summer who was like a father to him and literary held his hand as he passed away in the hospital while his own home own fell into foreclosure.
Perhaps his home fell into foreclosure after leaving a lucrative career because “honesty levels wealth” due to their lack of integrity (Mary Baker Eddy).
Interesting that it was after the reader on a Wednesday night asked: “Who would we be if we turned the stranger away from the gate?”
[See previous blog entries for more on this story dated December 30 & 31, 2016]
“This is what the CS branch churches should be all about [article below] but their not after reading the way they treated you after the passing of your surrogate father during your most desperate hour of need.
The Latest: Vatican lets homeless sleep in church amid cold
PARIS – The Latest on severe weather in Europe (all times local):
The Vatican is letting homeless people sleep in a Rome church during a spell of unusually cold weather for the Italian capital.
In Rome lately, nighttime temperatures have dropped below freezing.
The Vatican say that around 30 people, Italians and foreigners, have accepted the invitation to sleep inside St. Calixtus church, whose foundations were laid near a well where Pope Calixtus I was martyred in 222.
Inside the church, which is Vatican property, the homeless are using sleeping bags or blankets. Since the stone interior of the church is cold itself, electric heaters have been placed on the floor.
Pope Francis has stressed helping those on society’s margins. The Vatican has also let homeless people get warm in some of its vehicles parked near St. Peter’s Square at night.
Photo below – Dome of the Sistine Chapel grande