Welcome to St. Paul's!
From Inside the Collar
One of the more dangerous temptations (because it is so easy to fall into) is developing a case of the "better than's". No one is better than anyone else, least of all when we judge ourselves to be.
It is helpful to have standards and goals, they push us onward. But they are also dangerous because we can be tempted to think we are "better than" those who appear not to be living up to the standards. Or worse, we think now that we have met those goals, we have no need of God. That last is original sin: thinking we have no need of God. Those that care the most and try the hardest are at the most risk of thinking we are better than someone else.
We always (at all times and all places) need God. We need God to be God and not what we would tell him to be. Circumstances change, our perceptions change, the goodness of God to make us more than we can be without Him never changes.
"Be kind, everyone you meet is engaged in a great battle." - Plotinus.
Mobile, Loaves and Fishes
Well, we certainly feel welcomed at Emmanuel House Shelter. As we drove up in the food truck for our second visit, a trio of their clients vectored us into the one prime parking spot on that busy street.
For our October run, along with other items that you so generously donate each month, a slot for men's deodorant has been added. Please know that the men's thanks and “God bless” go out to you, for your appreciated caring and kindness.