I think I can say, as far as I can go back to my living memory and as a pastor, that the first thing I learned from “homeless” people we meet in our streets - and that we can sometimes find at the door of our institutions - is the determining importance of the gaze. And I would like to suggest, as a first contribution to our reflection, this intuition that has become for me a conviction and a major theological and ethical assertion: all human encounter begins with a look. Every truly human story finds its origin in the gaze.
Duffé, Bruno M.
"What the People We Call "Homeless" Have Taught Me,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 4
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol4/iss1/5
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