I was sleepy and you let me lay down.
-reflection by a Gubbio Staff member
"I want to be very clear. We can't find any social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever for lack of housing," Pope Francis said this on Thursday during his trip in the United States. He was scheduled to have lunch with politicians after he spoke in Congress that morning; but he had other plans. For lunch, the Pope ended up visiting a Catholic Charities organization called St. Maria's Meals; who was preparing to serve about 300 meals to the homeless community. He has always shown compassion and love for our un-housed brothers and sisters. And has backed up that compassion and love by not only opening the bathrooms of St. Peter's Square in Rome, but by also adding showers and providing haircuts at those bathrooms for people suffering from poverty and homelessness. His new project is building a homeless shelter by the Vatican!
At the Gubbio Project, we try to embody the message the Pope sent to the entire country on that Thursday. To see the human dignity in every person who comes across our Project; no matter what struggles they might be experiencing. To the Pope this means seeing God in everyone. When addressing the injustice of homelessness Pope Francis stated "The son of God knew what it was to be a homeless person... What it was to start life without a roof over his head." Sacred sleep is seeing someone who is tired and inviting them to sleep at our Project. Not questioning why they are tired and reflecting on how we see ourselves in our guests. The Pope reminded everyone of something very similar that Jesus Christ said when referring to helping people in need- "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me."
This article by the Huffington Post highlights the Pope's Thursday afternoon with Catholic Charities. It also has dozens of pictures of the Pope's overall visit to this country. I think if he were to see the article and look at the pictures, this one would be one of his favorites.