@Wally, I always love reading your perspective. For me, it brings a nice infusion of the Spirit to the conversation. I loved your comment about Agape love being poured out – we are a living sacrifics. And I loved the illustration you gave from the priest:

One priest gives the image of going into a room with an emotional/spirtual sponge–soaking up what you can, leaving the situation and then squeezing the content of the sponge into God’s hands.

Beautiful imagery and poignant reminder that these burdens are not ours to bear!