The Good Thief.
I really like this icon.
Today I saw an orphan kid on the news. I think he was about 8 or 9 years old. Interestingly enough, he was at an animal shelter for the story, the reporter doing the spot asked him, "Who would you like to adopt you?"
The kid answered, "Someone who cares about me and won't want to get rid of me."
Yesterday I was talking to an older guy who does lawn work to supplement his retirement, and as we were speaking, a woman down the block walked by. She's the mother of 4 kids, she told me once she is epileptic, but I also think she has mental illness. Her kids stay with a single man who lives across the street. She stopped to talk without looking at us. She spoke like Bernadette Peters in "The Jerk". She was acting rather grandiose, waving her hands, discussing the cost of lawn care - then she turned abruptly and walked away. I got the sense that she may live in a half-way house right now, and was just visiting her kids. I forgot to mention that her husband has a live in nanny.
I just mention this stuff because it affects kids.
I always feel bad for kids and animals.
I just read a blog post by a theologian who said, "we all know - or should know - that animals don't go to heaven." I'll bet some people worry more about that than they do about kids.
I always pray for little children - and animals.
The other day there was another news story about a black lab keeping vigil next to his white lab friend. The white lab had been struck and killed by a passing car. He just laid there, next to his friend.
I wonder how many theologians make it to heaven?
No, I don't really.
"Love is a teacher, but we must know how to acquire it, for it is hard to acquire... it is dearly bought... it is won slowly by long labor. For we must love, not occasionally, or for a moment, but forever. " - Dostoevsky: Fr. Zosima