Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Women

The lady was always panhandling outside the MBTA subway stop, bundled up in a thick sweater and jacket.

But one day she was gone. In her place a wooden sign was propped up next to a pile of rags. A Salvation Army man rang his bell a few feet away.

“What happened to her?” I asked.

“I’m not sure,” the Salvation Army man responded.

I gave him a few dollars and my cell phone number. A couple of hours later, the phone rang. It was one of her friends.

“Everyone knew April,” the caller said. “The MBTA guys, the police, the ER doctors, the Health Care for the Homeless Program staff. She died from an overdose. Her funeral is on Thursday.

As I sit in my warm apartment on a Saturday morning with my wife and 2 year old wife, and son, I remember:

 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” 


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2 thoughts on “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Women

  1. Yes, the gesture of non judgement requires us to dig much deeper than into our pockets or purses as we drop coins into the palms of the pleading. Thank you for sharing this story Phil.

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