He said going homeless for one night was less about raising the most money and more about bringing a smile on the face of homeless people all across the country.
“My motivation is essentially the understanding that what we do as a Church is nothing if it is not about the hospitality of God,” Fr Orji said.
“Hospitality is not about having a cup of tea after Mass – it goes beyond the confines of the church. “It is when you see another person in need, not just being concerned for them but doing something about it.
“Bringing a smile to the faces of people, that is the joy of the Gospel.”
Fr Orji said nobody deserved to be homeless and it was the duty of all Christians to make it “our business” to end the crisis.
“Each time I see a person lying on the ground somewhere, I see a person in need of our generosity,” he said.
“Anytime you help someone in need, whether they are homeless or something else, it is showing your unbounded solidarity to all the poor in the world.”
Fr Orji said he didn’t want people to thank him for doing the Sleepout but instead praised his parish and school communities for giving to the fundraiser.
“We did this together as a parish community – and as I once joked ‘I do the sleepout, and you make the donation’,” Fr Orji said.
“It is a way of saying yes to love and a good life for all.”
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