The famous Abbe Pierre, whose work for the homeless and hurting is well-known, one day was called in to help a homeless family who had been forced to live in the fields in a crude shelter. Two of their children already had died and a third one was seriously ill. Abbe Pierre recalls the experience:
It was then that I realized some terrible things. I realized that so long as people who were supposed to be apostles, as long as a priest like me was incapable of saying to that poor woman, “Come on, get your things, pick up your child and come along with me and your husband and sleep in my room. I’ll take your place in the tent and tomorrow we’ll find some way of solving this.” Until then, well, fundamentally I was simply an impostor.
Ferrucci, P. “Inevitable Grace” (Adapted).
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