Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Relative Burdens

'Come to me all you who labor, and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.'

"Any other burden oppresses and crushes you, but Christ's actually takes weight off you. Any other burden weighs down, but Christ's gives you wings.

If you take a bird's wings away, you might seem to be taking weight off it, but the more weight you take off, the more you tie it down to the earth. There it is on the ground, and you wanted to relieve it of a weight; give it back the weight of its wings and you will see how it flies"

- St. Augustine, "Sermon," 126.
Image: 'Jesus Washing the Feet of Peter,' Ford Mattox Brown

2 comments:

Kelly Jo said...

So glad to hear you're alive and well. Speaking of burdens, there must be so many people scared and shaken in London right now. Isn't it wonderful that our faith gives us a way to view suffering and hurt as part of a bigger plan and not as isolated, random attacks on our happiness and placidity? How have things been there? You and the rest of the Londoners are in our prayers.

Filia Dei said...

Thanks for the prayers: And I'm honored to be here surrounded by so many heroic people. However sensational the news reports are, the truth is that this huge city is simply going ahead with courage and faith, doing what can be done and putting the rest in it's rightful place.

In America we truly have been protected. Our children have not grown up with Blitz or civil war or IRA bombings. And having the European condolances for our 9/11 seems especially poignant knowing that they came from places where that kind of tradgedy was a 'normalcy' on the level of a car accident.

I'm learning so much more here than I could ever have imagined, and I guess this is just one more lesson!