-- Letter 130, 2
Remarkably prescient psychiatry from Augustine. Tremendous psychological strength comes from hearing love as well as *being heard*. Go, hear the weak and wounded and abandoned! Even before you speak your little pearls of wisdom, *listen!* The weak are made better simply by knowing someone else knows they are hurting. Go to a hospital to listen to the sick. Go to an assisted living facility to listen to the old and forgotten. Go to an orphanage to listen to the hungry young souls. Go to your family, go to your lost friends, go, go, go, listen as God listens to us.
Prayer. O Lord, my God, pay heed to my prayer. Look with mercy on my desire, which is not concerned with myself alone but with my neighbor's good as well.
-- Confessions 11, 2