On the way back down the hill, Friar Thomas vowed he would never have hatred in his heart again. He knew much of it had been due to fear. He and his mother had been poor, and suffered terribly. He suspected (though his mother had never said) that she always had men by her side, in order to help pay the bills. So in a way, hating the poor was due to hating what he himself had gone through.
Later that same day he saw the old man Sam Jenkins, begging for loose change, near the Post Office. All Friar Thomas had at the time, was a bologna sandwich in his pocket, but he made the effort to talk to Sam. He asked Sam how his leg was (Sam had just had an amputation a month ago). To be honest Sam was surprised that the Friar had even spoken to him. Sam said, “Somethin is different about you Friar!” Friar Thomas just smiled, and pulled out the sandwich.
Friar Thomas started the Abbey on a new program, to help those that were hungry. Every day the Friar went through the village feeding people, and many of them were war veterans. Soon the Director of the Abbey got behind the project, and a fund raising campaign was started. They opened a center, complete with a kitchen, next to the hardware store, where anyone could get a good meal.
Before they knew it men were beginning to sleep there. The place became so popular, funds started pouring in, and they opened another center just for women. Many were widows, and victims of domestic violence. Women from the community worked hard at making the place clean, and safe. And with strict instructions from Friar Thomas, they refused to judge the people that came there.
Friar Thomas did not say anything to anyone, about the voice in the wind. He didn’t need to.
It was the community that decided the names for the centers. For the men it became the “House of Hope”, and the center for women became known as the “House of Safety”.
Peace to everyone.
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