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the poor whom we option

the poor whom we prefer

who are these neighbors in whom

we are supposed to see

the face of the living

God?

 

 

1 out of every 7 living persons

is starving as I type this

and you read

1 out of 6 must live each day

on less than one dollar

1 out of every 34 lives this day

away from the land of her birth

alien

stranger

refugee

immigrant

 

 

and over

in America

home to the brave

haven of the free

1 out of every 141

adult Americans are alive

in prison

1 out of every 259

adult Americans are alive

with HIV

1 out of every 1295

adult Americans are alive

with HIV and do not know it

1 out of every 7

adult Americans alive

regularly use cannabis

1 out of every 83

adult Americans alive

regularly use Ecstasy

1 out of every 55

adult Americans alive

regularly use Amphetamines

1 out of every 45

adult Americans alive

regularly use Cocaine

1 out of 166

adult Americans alive

regularly use Opiates

recreationally

and equality in love

and benefits are  regularly denied

to LGBT adult Americans

(some 1 out of every 20 to

1 out of every 4 – it is hard

to count people hiding

in bedrooms and closets

and in chat rooms on

sites with private access)

simply because they are alive

and are LGBT

and are honest about who they are

(see paragraph 2333, in the CCC)

 

 

so

when we pray for the poor

in pocket

in spirit

when we pray for the poor

in hope

for the poor

without faith

in no future

who is the they we pray for?

given the big data

staring back at us

in our faces

given the stats

we must pray through

is not the poor we pray for

not they but we?

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