Spiritual traditions, including Christianity, are full of practices that show us how to respond to the compassion planted within us. From the ancient Desert Prayer to the Compassion Practice of today, Christian compassion-forming exercises, processes, and approaches have given us guidance for the way ahead. They have shown us how to follow the threefold call to love defined by Jesus: grounding ourselves in the love of God, loving ourselves, and loving others. And through these practices, across the ages, we receive a boundless invitation—an invitation to turn our entire beings again and again to the spiritual path that Jesus taught, the way of living compassion.
—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)
"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."
—1 John 4:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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