|Present, and yet invisible.|
|Absent, and yet, conspicuous.|
When we pray for the homeless and other invisible, marginalized people, we usually pray for them in the abstract. We do not see their individual faces; we do not speak their names during intercessions at mass or evensong; and we do not even know the content of their prayers that we might ask God for their fulfillment. We fail to know them and pray for them as specific people, but merely as a group. And we pass them by on the street without looking. "We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day." So, how are we to pray for the invisible, especially during this week of Thanksgiving? We often can't pray for our homeless sisters and brothers by name or face; but we can pray to God to make them more visible. And we can help to fulfill this prayer by looking the homeless in the face, asking their names, and offering generosity when it is requested. This may not be be enough, but it is at least an act of prayer that is personal, rather than perfunctory.