In times like this, there will be those who respond to suffering with absurd messages of blaming Sandy on everything from Obama to gays/lesbians to Muslims.
This column is not one of those responses.
We are here are concerned with "The Least of These" (Bible, Gospel according to St. Matthew, Chapter 25), the poorest and most marginalized of God's children.
We continue to keep the folks on the East Coast in thoughts and prayers.
My prayers especially go to the homeless, those imprisoned, and those in substandard housing who will be most directly affected by Sandy.
Many of us are fascinated by fantastic (though fabricated) images online, and here is one way to verify the false ones:
The real question: Where are the poor and homeless?
What happens to them during such a violent storm?
What will happen to them after such a storm?
Do we dare look at the most vulnerable, or will we busy ourselves with looking at extraordinary images?
And will we keep looking for and looking after the "least of these" after this storm passes?
There is a suffering that won't be recorded and won't show up on images.
It's no less real.