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Fight the Plight

 Fight the plight

 

Come to the catechism of the poor persons.

 

The age of conviction may as well be now.

We were former persons. Veterans, we work, were former union members. We got degrees in college. You call us homeless, forget we are persons, a misnomer that goes about solving nothing. Who we are matters because you are dealing with a person. A broken down reality, who all the time must wipe your tears, who must wait on you. Patience, come quick, one paycheck away, one health care crisis away and another joins us on the front lines.

“Every major ill in this country is embedded in the person that is homeless,” as Willie Baptist says. The antibodies are right here—we are survivors who just couldn’t afford a place to stay.

 

Should you be in doubt, rest not. Should you want to shed a tear, go not to your sister or your brother. For we are persons. a family denying the cry of the poor. Like wolves “shedding blood and destroying lives to get unjust gain” says the prophet Ezekiel. The priests, says the Lord “have profaned me in their midst” (Ez 22:27).  It need a malevolent extortion and robbery, but the beast, lying divinations, spoke of war.

  -C.R. Spicer

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