In solidarity with the homeless

  • October 15, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - Praying for the homeless on Thanksgiving Monday morning at Toronto’s Peace Garden, Ambrose declared himself God’s comedian.

The grey, five-degree morning was already cold enough to make a soul wince for those who slept outside the night before. Prayers were offered for Toronto’s street population and the homeless throughout the world. Ambrose joined the circle after having spent the previous night in front of the Thomson Building on Queen Street West, across the street from City Hall.

Ambrose wasn’t complaining about the cold, though in 20 minutes he went from dancing and shilling for a web site to saying he was so depressed he wanted to die. He said he wanted newspapers to stop calling people homeless, because God said that wherever He lays his head is home. Therefore there’s no such thing as homelessness.

As prayers continued, Ambrose shared a box of sushi rescued from the garbage with the pigeons who dominate Nathan Phillips Square.

The annual Thanksgiving Day prayers in solidarity with the homeless was organized by Our Lady’s Missionary Sister Susan Moran and 6 St. Joseph founder David Walsh. The opening prayer was offered by Good Shepherd Brother Tom Liss, as a start to a day when the Good Shepherd Centre would serve 1,400 meals on Toronto’s downtown east side.

Three dozen people — some homeless, some former homeless and some who work in the shelter system — turned out for the prayers, singing “Cry of the Poor.”

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