Bear One Another’s Burdens

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At one particular Catholic school where I taught, one day I was walking through the school when I saw one of the fifth-grade boys with a sign around his neck that read “Loser”. I said, “Take that off, James. You’re not a loser.” He replied, “I know, but if kids make fun of me, then they won’t make fun of each other.” And he wore it for the rest of the day.

James wanted to bear the burdens of others — a very Christ-like attitude! Look around you today — there are many people who are carrying burdens, worries, struggles. Can we bear their burdens as well? Sometimes all it takes is a listening and compassionate ear; sometimes it requires practical help. But can we lighten someone else’s load, in imitation of Christ Who bore our burdens on the Cross?

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
— Galatians 6:2

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Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill

Fr. Joseph Gill grew up in a musical family in Frederick, MD, the oldest of five children. His father taught him piano from a young age, and his mother often sang in the church choir. He began writing songs very young, honing his skill further when he received his first guitar. After his conversion, he dedicated his life and his songwriting to the Lord []. Fr. Gill was ordained a Catholic priest in May 2013. He is currently serving at the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford, Connecticut. He shares his homilies at

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