Our family toured the Catholic Worker House on the near west side of Cleveland today. Four volunteers live in community with 15 people who would otherwise be: homeless. They live in a converted convent on St. Patrick Church property here and take Jesus’s continual exhortation to help the poor in a meaningful way: seriously. One volunteer, Chris Knestrick, said living together, and sharing most everything in kind, has made it affordable enough that many people in the community work only part time. Consequently, there is much more time for active community building within the members. He added that in our modern, fast paced society, we seldom take time (in the family, in church communities…) to work on developing deeper, quality relationships. Author M. Scott Peck, who wrote a book on community building, called: A Different Drum, wrote that these quasi relationships, if you will, mean we live most of our lives in “psuedo community,” not deep, lasting community. The kind of community God apparently intended for us.