SOME SPIRITUAL WRITERS remind us that whispers of kindness and compassion are extended to us throughout each day—the courtesy of a stranger holding a door for our passing, the smile of a friend from across the room, the hand that holds ours when our spirits are down, the loved one who cares how our day has unfolded. Often, these register but for a moment and then flow right on past us. Practices like the Ignatian daily awareness examen or the Buddhist meditation on receiving glove help us notice and savor these whispers of compassion. These practices recognize that the soil of our soul grows all the more fertile as these showers of kindness soak deeply within and collect into the pools of our interior reserves.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
From page 44 of Practicing Compasssion by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2015 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Where can you shower kindness today? Share your thoughts.
Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen.
Revelation 1:7, NRSV
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This week we remember: Ann Eliza Worchester Robertson (November 19).
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