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The rich get richer
and the poor get poorer
It is the time to pick my abundant lettuce crop and give it away to friends. For quite some time I have been picking my lettuce, enjoying it, giving it away and watching it grow back. The lettuce has survived the heat and is doing well but I do not want to push my luck too far. So today I picked a number of bags of lettuce and gave it away or refrigerate it. It still tastes good. Tomorrow I will repeat the process and then wait and hope for the next crop to come up.
Tonight I send an appeal to some other former parish members of the Catholic Church on the North Central side of Milwaukee that has been closed. The close of the parish triggered about a million dollars being transferred to a parish in another area who is partnering with a Church in a wealthier neighborhood.
Since the sixties 17 Catholic Churches have moved out of the North Central Area of Milwaukee and have been replaced by three churches. The North Central area of Milwaukee is the poorest section of Milwaukee, the fourth poorest city in the USA and the most segregated section of Milwaukee, the most segregated city in the USA. I sent a letter to other members of the former Church saying let us work together to use the million dollars to serve those in need in the North Central Area.
So lettuce is the gift from the earth and ‘let us’ work together is how we can make a difference in the Church and our city. The “million dollar move” of money from the North Central City, the poorest and most segregated part of the city to a more wealthy church will be hard to stop. However, just like the lettuce of the garden, if we do something with it now and spread its wealth we can make a difference or go down trying. Let us make the million dollar move back to where it came from.