FOR JESUS, compassion inspires a genuine loving regard that flows freely from the heart. It is rooted in the restorative compassion of God that is given to all humanity. The radicality of his path is that the healing power of sacred compassion holds us precisely where we are—in our fears and angers, our shames and suppressions, even in our resistance to wanting to love at all. Indeed, within these shadowy impulses we can experience more deeply the healing and renewing presence of God and become filled with a compassion that extends not only toward these very reactivities raging within us but also toward those who trigger them in the first place.
—Frank Rogers Jr. , Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.
—Ephesians 4:32 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
A prayer of compassion from Mother Teresa
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one. Amen
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