Human compassion does indeed do something for them that labor and are heavy laden. One feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, gives alms, builds charitable institutions, and, if compassion is more heartfelt, one also visits them that labor and are heavy laden. But to invite them to come to us, that is a thing that cannot be done; it would involve a change in all our household and manner of life. It is not possible while one is living in abundance, or at least in joy and gladness, to live and dwell together in the same house, in a common life in daily intercourse, with the poor and wretched, with them that labor and are heavy laden. In order to be able to invite them thus one must live entirely in the same way, as poor as the poorest, as slightly regarded as the lowliest man of the people, familiar with life's sorrows and anguish, sharing completely the same conditions as they whom one invites to one's home, namely they that labor and are heavy laden.
-- Søren Kierkegaard, from Training in Christianity in A Kierkegaard Anthology (Bretall)
A writer, an artist, a philosopher, one of my heroes. Kierkegaard. I will be privileged to study works of his, along with accompanying Bible passages, for a whole week in August at the Gutenberg Summer Institute.
It's like finding my cupboard full of chocolate chips and red licorice.