Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Not Just for Christmas


Over the last week I must have had 50 people ring up and ask if they can come and help on our soup run, it operates 7/52, as our American cousins would say. It is lovely they want to help, dissappointing when they don't want to do it the rest of the year. Who do they want to help: themselves or those in need?

The RSPCA used to run a Christmas campaign, with the slogan, "A dog is not just for Christmas", well neither are the poor, they are with us always!

9 comments:

Crux Fidelis said...

A dog is not just for Christmas. If you're careful you can have enough left over for Boxing Day.

gemoftheocean said...

Father, don't forget, sometimes a gentle nudge is better than a swift boot up the backside. This might be one of those times.

Strike while the iron is hot, just don't "piss them off" -- as Americans would say.

Crux: LOL - made my day.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Gem,
I always ask them to help after Christmas.

Elizabeth said...

I guess we all feel a little guilty at Christmas, also if you are alone or depressed helping others can be such a blessing. I always believe that when you give of yourself you reward is so very great, rather than just want for yourself.

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

nickbris said...

The people who do this work are truly SAINTS,they never missed a single day even when the streets because of the Brighton City Council's criminal neglect were icily treacherous.

365 a year without fail,we should be shouting from the rooftops.

shadowlands said...

Maybe Christmas is a time that God uses to offer moments or even days, of clarity to us, about what truly should be our concern, as you say Father, every day of the year.

Funnily enough, your blog does that too! Along with a good few others of course. I am certainly running out of ignorance, as an excuse for not changing my attitudes etc.

Life is very very serious, when you think about it.

kimberley said...

Fr. they might be on vacation and actually have the time to be in the soup kitchen.

James said...

Crux Fidelis,NOT FUNNY!

Michael Petek said...

"Not funny, Crux Fidelis"?

On the contrary, James, it's as hilarious now as it was when first broadcast on Not the Nine O'Clock News!