Monday, March 3, 2008

The Responsibility of Love

Just discovered this quote today on Villanova University's "Augustine Day-by-Day."

"The responsibility of love is that we bear one another's burdens."

We're often afraid to boil things down to words like "love" or "compassion." We say it isn't seem "rational" or "smart" to make decisions to "sacrifice" even small things for others--like paying more taxes to maintain social programming or making the choice to really integrate public schools.

What isn't rational is to say "It's not my problem." Responsibility isn't about self-entitlement or what I deserve--it is about love, and the fact that our liberation is bound to that of others.

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