Jubilee’s Executive Director, Eric LeCompte, wrote a blog featured on Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. In “No Apologies for Heeding God's Call of Social Justice” Eric speaks to his personal calling to social justice and its relation to his faith. Read on to learn about Eric’s journey and why we can all find our own, personal call to justice.
I was 18 and living and working at a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Rochester New York called St. Joseph's House of Hospitality. I had left my native Chicago with the intent of spending a year living the works of mercy. At the House we served lunch for about 150 people a day, housed a dozen homeless men and offered an AIDS hospice. These charitable works were vital for the people that we served. However, as the numbers of the hungry increased at our doors and I wrestled with the Gospels, I realized that addressing why so many were poor was a matter of justice.
Living at St. Joe's was a good place to struggle with these questions; the house was part of the Catholic Worker movement that practiced the works of mercy and acted on the work of justice.