Going to the Margins of the Church
Those who are marginal in the world are central in the Church, and that is how it is supposed to be! Thus we are called as members of the Church to keep going to the margins of our society.
The homeless, the starving, parentless children, people with AIDS, our emotionally disturbed brothers and sisters – they require our first attention.
We can trust that when we reach out with all our energy to the margins of our society we will discover that petty disagreements, fruitless debates, and paralyzing rivalries will recede and gradually vanish.
The church will always be renewed when our attention shifts from ourselves to those who need our care. The blessing of Jesus always comes to us through the poor.
The most remarkable experience of those who work with the poor is that, in the end, the poor give more than they receive. They give food to us.
This is an excerpt from the book Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen
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