THE LONE LONELINESS IN BALTIMORE
STORIES ALONG THE WAY
Text by Brendan Walsh
Artwork by Willa Bickham
Brendan Walsh and his wife Willa are long time Catholic Workers who have lived and worked in Baltimore, Maryland, since 1968, on the same corner. Their book is a book for every person–for it echoes loud and clear the neglect of the poorest of the poor in a city near Washington D.C. It shouts from the house tops that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It describes the poverty of inner City Baltimore as the city gentrifies.
One of our presidential candidates told the Mayor of Oakland that the poverty in the inner city was a “local” problem. Poverty, and drug addiction are not “local” problems, they are the problems of every person.
Recently there were a group of our “newer” citizens pitching tents at City Hall to protest homelessness, and I, in my concern, took them some food, and their response–“It is people like you who cause this problem.”
It is greed, self centered greed that causes the problems of homelessness, and extreme poverty. Our need to have more and more. Rather than looking outside of ourselves to solve the problem of homelessness, we should look within ourselves. This is where it begins with each one of us. Brendan and Willa have done this since 1968. They live with less so that others might have. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
Temenos Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
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Buy their book, it is a beautiful testament to lives well lived!