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We are all living in the shelter of one another in all ways

September 1, 2016

We are all living in the shelter of one another in all ways

I have been homeless for at least a decade. Currently I’m living at Logan Studios a block from the Capitol and across the street from the Cathedral at Colfax in what is certainly the highest drug use zone in this part of the country. I have been here for four years. Early on I wrote and managed the paper, the Denver Voice. In 1995 my daughter Leila was in a near fatal car accident in Philadelphia when she was 16. I lost my appetite for living and for a few years tried earnestly to commit suicide. At the advent of 9/11 I was in a coma at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. Trauma was the trigger that caused my manic-depressive disease to flare up. After the beginning of the century I became involved in social justice for people living in public places and became involved in nearly everything possible to change the equation working at local levels and state-wide testifying and writing about the losses of friends and colleagues. Trauma is of course 2 way. What strikes us all, after all this time is that,
“It is in the shelter of each other that we all live.”
“the more I know about extreme poverty the less obvious are the pathways for change.”

That translates into what must be done to ensure that we find common ground, that we listen more without condemning anyone with lawsuits and denigrating labels.


Gratefully I am blessed we are all blessed by our reservoirs, our resilience, our hope, and our community.




some responses from more than  50 people  cementing a conversation on what can we do moving forward.

Your story is fascinating, and I agree with your summations.

 It is the psychosis programming,that you are trying to define, you stepped out of the dis-harmony. My own suicide was my reset,to surf reality. Blessings.
Our Scheduled Workshop for the Staff Retreat of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless on September 14 
 That you have survived all of this is beyond amazing. Many, many people have been touched by your life, and I am glad to call you friend.

gratefully I am blessed we are all blessed by our reservoirs our resilience our hope and our community

 God bless you, you are the best!

YOU as well Dios te bendiga siempres

SO to be clear, you are not for the lawsuit over people’s things? I wish we had small housing communities…

It is not a panacea there is none. Backing down will mean compromise Dad was a lawyer some of my young friends became lawyers. I feel that the industry serves wealth and not people. $200.00 an hour for the presenting attorney? it makes less than no sense. Best we accomplish is perhaps having the political leaders take a longer look at strategies but that is unlikely because there are also salient reasons for their decision. as i say all the time this is such a complex and divisive matter we can know a lot but without options it is less than nonsense to challenge especially with the vitriolic language and put downs of many who are as frustrated as the advocates.
Yes,we’re all in this together.I hope to eventually meet you someday.Lunch is on me 😉

WHEN AND WHERE just let me know 🙂

Randle the Mayor and the Governor should have contact with you get people off the streets and not by taking their possessions.

truly it is a mess

I am Bipolar too! Keep your head up and rock on Randle! 😉

we have little other possibilities and life is already brief. NOW when I talk to young people about what matters I always point out that bangs, bruises and losses are usual what matters is our commitment to the journey.

 I’ll bring this up at the Green party event tonight at Blairsville Caldwell
I need you to know that you’ve inspired so many people! Your passion for the poor….You should be president! Much Love to you!.

 PS when are you coming home? We miss you!!

 Love you, 



what bothers me more and more about the efficacy of campaigns and perspectives of “TRUTH,” at all costs, is that it obfuscates the fact that we are distinct and that our journeys are personal, complex and not the same by any means. Talking about the truth of homeless people being outside and living in public places without discernment forgets that, “in the shelter of each other we all dwell.”
Pope Calls on Jesuits to Teach Discernment
Aug 25 2016 – 2:01pm | Cindy Wooden – Catholic News Service
A World Youth Day pilgrim becomes emotional as a priest hears her confession at Sacred Heart Church in Krakow, Poland, July 28. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said.
“Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations,” the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
The Vatican did not publish details of the pope’s meeting July 30 with the Jesuits, but—with Pope Francis’ explicit approval—a transcript of his remarks to the group was published in late August by Civilta Cattolica, a Jesuit journal reviewed at the Vatican prior to publication.
According to the transcript, the pope asked the Jesuits to begin an outreach to diocesan seminaries and diocesan priests, sharing with them the prayerful and careful art of discernment as taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
“The church today needs to grow in the ability of spiritual discernment,” the pope told the Polish Jesuits.
In his spiritual exercises, St. Ignatius provided steps for helping people recognize—or discern—where God is working in their lives and what draws them closer to God or pushes them further from God. For St. Ignatius, knowing what is moral and immoral is essential, but knowing what is going on in people’s lives helps identify practical ways forward.
Without “the wisdom of discernment,” the pope said in Krakow, “the seminarians, when they become priests, find themselves in difficulty in accompanying the life of so many young people and adults.”
“And many people leave the confessional disappointed. Not because the priest is bad, but because the priest doesn’t have the ability to discern situations, to accompany them in authentic discernment,” the pope said. “They don’t have the needed formation.”
While some laypeople also are called to provide spiritual direction, priests are more often “entrusted with the confidences of the conscience of the faithful,” so seminarians and priests particularly need to learn discernment.
“I repeat, you must teach this above all to priests, helping them in the light of the exercises in the dynamic of pastoral discernment, which respects the law but knows how to go beyond,” the pope said.
“We need to truly understand this: in life not all is black on white or white on black,” he said. “The shades of grey prevail in life. We must them teach to discern in this gray area.”
Pope Francis did not mention his apostolic exhortation on the family, “The Joy of Love,” in his talk with the Jesuits in Krakow, but the document repeatedly referred to the importance of discernment for families and for their spiritual guides.
Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a Spanish professor of ecclesiology, wrote in the Vatican newspaper Aug. 24 that the pope referred to the need for discernment 35 times in the exhortation.
Especially when dealing with individual Catholics who have been divorced and civilly remarried, Pope Francis wrote, discernment recognizes that, “since the degree of responsibility is not equal in all cases, the consequences or effects of a rule need not necessarily always be the same. Priests have the duty to accompany (the divorced and remarried) in helping them to understand their situation according to the teaching of the church and the guidelines of the bishop.”



BIOGRAPHY  de Randolfo  Lobo  Alias  Randle Lob    (umlaut) on the “o”
I have been  working with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless since 2000.  I was on the street at the time working for the Denver Homeless Voice as a regular contributor.
I was in charge of the Catholic Worker Used Furniture Plus Thrift Store about the same time as a resident of the now burned out Catholic Worker House where I met Mr.  McManus but not before I had met his wife Mary, who worked at the Guest House.
Oddly, I survived suicide attempts over 6 years from 1995 to 2001 at the fatal attack of the Twin Towers.  At the time I surmised that 3,000 people had lost their lives and here I am having just come from a coma in I.C.U. at Presbyterian Luke Hospital.   They have had no choice and you do.  The next year I testified at the Policy Academy of the Inter-Agency Council and at Housing Colorado’s Annual conference in of all places Breckenridge.  At the time I was invited to share my experiences on Housing First with Rachel Post.  McManus had begun his work as an outreach worker.  
THIS TALE IS NOT FINISHED.  What we need is to listen and as a public speaker that is my mission to listen to everyone and story and reflect that we are the same heathen, saint and everyone between.
I am manic-depressive with a social personality disease.  I have been a patient at Stout Street Health Center since 2000 and I am grateful and blessed beyond measure.  I would like to hear how we can reconcile our differences and create our own Trauma Caring community that is all inclusive and denigrates no one.
I think that this would be really good to do with the clinic and in our presentation for the people listening more and paying attention to one another.

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