Factors beyond my control prevented me from distributing the funds collected for our annual Help Us Feed the Homeless this Christmas campaign until Sunday, January 9. Through the generosity of thirty-five donors, we collected an even $2500, an average of just over $70 each. This enabled us to give twenty-five friends a money envelope containing $100 each.
The dome of the Lord’s cosmic church was grey and dreary that morning, yet the living Pantocrator—not an icon!—looked down invisibly from the heavens in perpetual blessing upon the world that He creates and loves so much.
Christ was present not only “there,” but here, here in the grateful faces and glistening eyes of every street friend I approached. “Put this in your pocket. There’s $100 in there. Happy New Year! God bless you!”
They also seemed to encounter Christ in me, unworthy and sinful as I am. One wizened old man, sitting cross-legged on the frozen cement, shivering, face weather-beaten and long hair tangled in a mess, looked at his envelope with tears forming in his eyes. “I just now asked Jesus to be kind to me, and right away you came along.”
Be kind to me. Is this not the true meaning of “Have mercy on me,” “Ἐλευσὸν με,” “Помилуй мя,” “Ai milă de mine”? Through each of you who offered money or prayer, the Lord had mercy and showed kindness to many of our brothers and sisters in need.
Most sincere thanks to the following
Fanwood, New Jersey
In Memory of Ted Himlan
Jamestown, New York
In Memory of Jerry DeLong
David T. Brown
Central Point, Oregon
In Memory of Carol Shipman
In Memory of Emily Elizabeth Upward and Gabriel Antonio De Sousa
Le Mans, France
Rev. Dr. Timothy and Ruth Connor
Des Moines, Iowa
In Memory of Jeff Evans
In Memory of Charles Cuny, Sr.
Lagrangeville, New York
In Memory of Grace D’Agostino
Priest James Graham
David and Sarah Habersberger
Columbia, South Carolina
In Memory of Patricia Heriot
In Memory of John Keast and Katherine James-Keast
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
In Memory of Joseph SanFilippo, Eugenia Turiansky SanFilippo, and Paul Edward SanFilippo
In Memory of Walter Skok
Bristol, United Kingdom
In Memory of P.R.
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
In Memory of Jesse Alexander Johnson
In Memory of L.
Washington State, USA