Winter 2016

We, the Ordinary People of the Streets

Madeleine Delbrêl

There are some people whom God takes and sets apart.

There are others he leaves among the crowd, people he does not “withdraw from the world.”

These are the people who have an ordinary job, an ordinary household, or an ordinary celibacy. People with ordinary sicknesses, and ordinary times of grieving. People with an ordinary house, and ordinary clothes. These are the people of ordinary life. The people we might meet on any street.

They love the door that opens onto the street, just as their brothers who are hidden from the world love the door that shuts behind them forever.

We, the ordinary people of the streets, believe with all our might that this street, this world, where God has placed us, is our place of holiness.


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