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Corporal works of mercy

June 8, 2017
Richard Morasci
San Francisco

It is all well and good to consecrate the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. However, if Pope Francis has already consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I wonder why the archbishop felt he needed to do this. In any case, if he does not follow it up with action, it remains an empty gesture. He speaks of assisted suicide, gay marriage and abortion but says little of the homeless problem. How can the Catholic Church help alleviate the suffering of the homeless? St. Boniface Church in the Tenderloin presents a positive example by allowing the homeless to sleep in its pews during the day. Look at all the churches in the archdiocese which remain empty all day. Such wasted space. Why not make it a place of sacred sleep? Of course, parishes would have to run these with volunteers stepping up to spend time in the churches with the homeless, and it would cost money. Look to St. Boniface’s program to see how they do it. Can you imagine how many corporal works of mercy could be performed by members of the parish?

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