give me a willingness to help carry other people’s burdens.
Enable me to realize that when I help other people I am being like Simon of Cyrene,
that I am helping you and giving you strength.
I am identifying with Simon each time I do a cleaning chore, carry an object for someone,
listen to someone patiently, fetch something from the shop, or pray for someone.
I know, Lord, that you are the one I help when I feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the sick.
May I always remember that any kindness I extend to others, I really give to you.
―from The Way of Love by Fr Johan Strydom