self-giving love

When there is no food, a pelican pierces her own breast to feed her young.
Pelican, from a medieval bestiary; Museum Meermanno, MMW, 10 B 25, Folio 32r. Pelican

At the heart of the Christian faith is the reality that the whole world – human animals, non-human animals, plants, bodies of water – is profoundly rooted in self-giving love.

the Rev. Broderick Greer, in a wonderful reflection on the actions of Kim Davis