FATHER GUY BLAIR, S.C.J. talks with some
of his fellow Priests of the Sacred Heart
during a community meeting.
of any sort,” Blair said. “But it was a
need, and i thought, how can we be
a church and claim to be preaching
the good news and not in some way
reach out to these people? The very
people who Jesus socialized with,
ate with, wanted part of his life, the
marginalized people of his time?
“i think that it’s very easy to
dismiss poor people. no one wants
them in their neighborhood. no
one wants them around. People are
scared it can be part of their lives.
Just look at the economy now and
the way people are losing their jobs.
it’s an ever-present reality people
don’t want to be confronted with.”
Blair frequently found himself
sitting across from the homeless at
dinner, listening to their stories, no
uncomfortable detail left unspilled.
“it moved me to realize that often the
best gift that i can give to another
person is just to listen to them.” Blair
said. “i cannot save anyone. And
you might think, well, as a priest,
i should have had that revelation a
long time ago. But sometimes i’ve
acted in a manner where i’ve tried to