Thursday, September 4, 2008

Loving our neighbor

"Two friends"

Oh my. What a wonderful question. What an important question:

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say, "What are you going through?"

-- Simone Weil

Sadly, many people believe it's okay, even commendable, to tell others what they should be going through. That is never helpful. In fact, it is hugely disheartening and discouraging.


  1. yes indeed - and to give quick and unsolicited advice once you've explained what it is you are going through....another loving your neighbor no-no.....

  2. What a wonderful (& timely) of my co-workers (who is much younger than I am) is going thru what appear to be some serious marital problems...and I have had to remind myself that it is not "helpful" to offer her "unsolicited advice"....but only to continue to tell her that she is in my thoughts & prayers, and to remind her that she is not alone. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you..."


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