Some time ago, I was fortunate to come across a book of poetry by the wonderfully spiritual and selfless man, Jean Vanier. This book was written in 1970 and it is one long poem that is an examination of conscience, really, as Vanier explores the gulf between the man of misery and the man of means.
One of my favourite passages is this one below, and I mean no copyright infringement here, I just wish to share this piece as we begin Lent, and at this time, are even more mindful of those who are lost or deprived in any way.
the person in misery does not need a look that
judges and criticizes
but a comforting presence that brings peace and hope and life
“you are a human person
infinitely precious …”
The book, “Tears of Silence” was published by Griffin Press Ltd. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1970. I don’t know if you can find it online, but if you ever happen upon it, pick it up and read. You will be greatly moved.