St. Bridget of Sweden   Caring   Matt. 13:10-17

We read of of providing shelters all over the City where people can come and go–the hope is to keep people out of sight, give them a place to stay.  The reality is ware housing people, providing “services” will never solve the problem.  The answer comes in each of us caring.

Wendell Berry wrote:

“Care. . .rests upon genuine religion. Care allows creatures to escape our explanations into their actual presence and their essential mystery.  In taking care of our fellow creatures, we acknowledge that they are not ours; we acknowledge that they belong to an order and harmony of which we ourselves are parts.  To answer to the perpetual crisis of our presence in this abounding and dangerous world, we have only the perpetual obligation of care.”

In recent weeks dealing with illness and fear the only “genuine religion” I have experienced is the care of the street kids, the friends, who have walked with me. 

“If you have people who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have people who deal likewise with their fellow human beings. ” – Francis of Assisi
(Caring for the earth and all God’s creatures: what does this mean for you?)

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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