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Three nights ago, at the Fort Collins vigil for those killed or wounded in the Orlando shooting, Rabbi Shoshana Leis sang, in what she described as an ancient traditional chant of lamentation, the last words texted by Eddie Justice to his mother.
In any case FOCO is a blessing and so is any other endeavor that generously welcomes the lost and the needy, not only filling empty stomachs but inviting alienated hearts into a communion that includes everybody. Maybe, invited or not, God is present. Who am I to say?
Perhaps we need to look for little bits of wisdom that are like shiny shells in the sand. They are easily overlooked and they require a modicum of effort to bend over and pick up, but there is a small slice of the world that can be held in the hand and observed. It can be a tiny piece that can be the lynch pin for solving the whole puzzle before us.
There are people outside who want so much to believe this is true, but they have been wounded by churches who initially welcomed them but then turned against them for one reason or another.
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