Last night in doing outreach I talked to forty or so people and bought food for a family of five. They were homeless,struggling and in their faces I saw the Christ.  There is a quote from Thomas Merton that reminds me of our own humanity, and of our own dependence on God and one another:
We must be willing to accept the bitter truth that, in the end, we
may have to become a burden to those who love us. But it is
necessary that we face this also. The full acceptance of our
abjection and uselessness is the virtue that can make us and others
rich in the grace of God. It takes heroic charity and humility to
let others sustain us when we are absolutely incapable of
sustaining ourselves.

We cannot suffer well unless we see Christ everywhere–both in
suffering and in the charity of those who come to the aid of our

– Thomas Merton, “No Man is an Island”

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