All day long a little burro labors, sometimes

with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries

about things that bother only



And worries, as we know, can be more exhausting

than physical labor.


Once in a while a kind monk comes

to her stable and brings

a pear, but more

than that,


he looks into the burro’s eyes and touches her ears

and for a few seconds the burro is free

and even seems to laugh

because love does



Love frees.


Thomas van Aquino (1260 – 1328)