In paintings, SCJ seeks to capture the humanity of the homeless

In paintings, SCJ seeks to capture the humanity of the homeless

“I could no longer ‘step over’ the homeless as I entered stores or walked on the streets,” said Fr. Guy Blair, an SCJ in San Antonio. “I could no longer speak about Jesus Christ if I did not give of myself, do something for them.”
 
That “something” was the start of an informal ministry to the homeless that includes bringing meals, clothing, and other needed items to those on the streets of San Antonio. It also means being present, hearing the stories of those whom he serves, and getting a sense of their humanity.
 
“There are some brave stories, but most are distressing and heartrending,” he said. “At least one man I know committed suicide; his memory haunts me.”
 
With their permission, Fr. Guy recently started painting images of the homeless people he meets. His initial plan was to use the paintings to “stir public interest in the wretchedness of their lives,” said Fr. Guy. But now that he has completed eight of them he isn’t sure how he wants to share the paintings. “They are so personal.” However, he has shared two on the province website, where he speaks more about his outreach to the homeless.
 
“I do what I can because I could not call myself a follower of Christ and turn my face away from so many suffering people.”
 
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