"Go Out to the Highways and Hedges" (cf. Lk 14:23): Peripheral Ecclesiology, the Art of Accompaniment, and Street Homelessness

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Spring 2019

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Journal of Vincentian Social Action






The ecclesiological priority of cultivating the art of “walking with” the vulnerable and marginalized as informed by these ecclesiological conversations, especially regarding those “with neither den nor nest” (Mt 8:20), the homeless who can sometimes seem alone in the streets, but are always journeying with the human family (and thus the Church, of which many of our unhoused brothers and sisters are a part) through history. As Vincent puts it, the communal dimension of living the Gospel together “is the wine that cheers and strengthens travelers along this narrow path of Jesus Christ.”


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