The article provides an account of Paul, when he first drove Christine through the neighborhood of the advocate, around 18th and Diamond. Christine could not resist controlling her emotion and frustration in living in a place where there is no blade of grass between the concrete slabs. She often prefers living in a green surrounding with fresh air. However, Christine attitude towards their new residential place started to change after a couple of few days. She was surrounded by a supportive neighborhood who are honest, up-front, warm and unpretentious. Even Christine’s children seemed to have fit in well at the neighborhood schools.
North Philadelphia was nicknamed the Jungle during those days; a name meant to reflect racial prejudice and fear of the region. The history of the explosive combination of social pressures that racism had created in the region was still very remarkable in the mind of the residents. Besides, poverty, joblessness, broken homes, overcrowding, and landlord neglect was evident in the region. Perhaps, according to the author, North Philadelphia, figuratively speaking, was a jungle. The area contained every ingredient necessary to make a world. Precisely, North Philadelphia was indeed a tangled mass of all sorts and conditions of people.
The articles further explored how Paul began his ministerial services at the Advocate despite the raging challenges prevailing in North Philadelphia. More critically, the apostle started by taking stock of the relationship between the church and the community. Indeed, there was a gap to be overcome, and this would be achieved through a participatory approach of community members. In response to the challenges in the community, Paul decided that the rectory where they lived, right next door to the church, should have an open-door policy. Even though the place was their family home, the apostle believed that nobody would be turned away seeking an audience with him. The author further gives an account of how the poor were treated by welfare agencies and others that were supposed to give services to people in need. Practically, the needy were treated almost like trash, blamed for being poor, dehumanized, and always kept waiting, waiting. Few could realize that if the haves is to “haves,” there must be the “have nots.” In other words, the rich are rich at the expense of the poor. Poverty is systematic in North Philadelphia.
In conclusion, the article gives an account of how Paul devoted his life, soul, time and resources to everyone who sought his services. He believed every person was Christ. He quoted what Jesus said that in as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me. In accordance with the Christian life, Paul instructed his family that when someone rings the doorbell and asks to see him, don’t come to me and describe him, clean or dirty, drunk or sober, white or black. It is more respectful to report to him that somebody wants to see him. Paul teaches his family to abide by the virtues and values of true Christians.