From William Miller’s biography:
At the church door, Cardinal Terence Cooke met the body to bless it. As the procession stopped for this rite, a demented person pushed his way through the crowd and bending low over the coffin peered at it intently. no one interfered, because, as even the funeral directors understood, it was in such as this man that Dorothy had seen the face of God.
Few have understood this passage as much as the woman who died thirty-one years ago today:
Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. (Matthew 25:34-36)
Let us learn to peer intently, not only at the saints and heroes we honor, but also at those in our midst at whom we are inclined to glance then dismiss.