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When the economy is at a low point we all feel it, as did the House of Peace when the recession began. Fewer people had discretionary funds to share with others.
But imagine the plight of single mothers and their families when the economy slows. In Wisconsin, (according to a September 2014 survey by the U.S. Census Bureau) four out of every ten single-mother households with children under 18 were living in poverty in 2013. This figure of 42.5% is up from 39.4% in 2012. One would hope that fathers of these children would offer financial help to these mothers but many males can’t offer financial assistance when they are unemployed or have low income jobs. This is particularly true for African-Americans where the unemployment rate is much higher, usually around 24% in the areas that the House of Peace serves.
There are many reasons why the unemployment rate is so high among the African American community. In the three zip codes in Milwaukee (with a high percentage of African-Americans) that the House of Peace serves, the unemployment rate is 23%, while the general population figure is below 10%. (These figures vary depending on the date of the survey.)
In the Gospel of St. John, when Jesus is about to wash the feet of his disciples, there is a little detail that I have been considering. John tells us: “Jesus rose from supper and took off his outer garments” (John 13:4). He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.
When Catholics worship at Mass there are a number of times when they kneel. Most, if they are physically able, touch their right knee to the floor before they enter the pew where they intend to sit, an act that is commonly called “genuflection.” Often, after entering the pew, Catholics will kneel down on the cushioned kneeler and offer a few private prayers. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, most congregations have the practice of kneeling from the time of the “Holy, Holy, Holy” until the great “Amen” before praying the Our Father. Before and after receiving Holy Communion, the recipients often kneel as well.