With respect to “The tragedy of mindlessness, Act II,” reader Nina Anderson of Denver, Colorado has forwarded her instructive correspondence with Saint Nick of Portland Avenue:
Ok, Nick…now that you’ve written a couple of articles about the homeless problem…can you tell us??
What have you yourself done about this? Did you give a donation? Volunteer time at a homeless shelter? Please tell us!
Here saith Saint Nick of Portland Avenue:
Colorado? Look after your own backyard…I hear there’s a poor person or two in Colorado.
Seeking further instruction, she of good spirit writes again:
No problem — been donating for years! Volunteered as well…So — how about an answer??
Thus saith Saint Nick of Portland Avenue:
You are quite the busybody. I work in my church, which serves as a homeless shelter one month every fall, plus I donate to several foodshelves and shelters and contribute to the work of the church…Not that it’s any of your business. Go and do your own work.
Now, therefore, be of good cheer. All ye who seek entry into the kingdom of heaven, take heed and emulate the example left for you by Saint Nick of Portland Avenue in both word and deed.