The path of compassion offers an antidote to the self-hatred that consumes us. It invites us into a relationship with ourselves that truly knows ourselves as beloved; that holds our own shadows, shames, and internal furies with empathic understanding and healing love; and that restores us to the core of care that is the essence of who we are. Out of the abundance of such self-compassion we are able to have genuine compassion for others—indeed, to love our neighbors with the very same love with which we love ourselves.
—Frank Rogers Jr. Practicing Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.
—1 John 4:10-11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, open my eyes so that I may see who around me needs compassion.
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