While praying about world hunger

I prayed—oh yes, I prayed—for all those poor, deprivedand set-upon,those chokedby the mean, the crueland the greedy.I loved them so much—those poor.I separated them completelyfrom their plight.And oh, how happy I was.I said,This is it.I felt very pleased.I felt smug, for wasn't Ihelpingthe poor deprived and set-upon?

Then what a shock I had!My smugness disappeared,and I asked myself,Aren't you missing something?Nothing is completeuntil you have loved completely,my friend.

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