Tag Archive: compassion

We Are ALL In This Together

“Whatever happens to me in life, I must believe that somewhere, in the mess or madness of it all, there is a sacred potential–a possibility for wondrous redemption in the embracing of all that is.” ~Edwina Gateley “Compassion is the wish for another being to be free from suffering.” ~The Dalai Lama St. Paul’s (Episcopal) […]

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Cure Without Care

“Our tendency is to run away from the painful realities or to try to change them as soon as possible. But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators, and prevents a real community from taking shape. Cure without care makes us preoccupied with quick changes, impatient and unwilling to share each other’s burden. […]

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Remember

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) “Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” Leo Tolstoy “In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” Augustine of Hippo   We […]

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First World Problems

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.” Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee “I have three things I’d like to say today. First, while you were sleeping last night, 30,000 kids died of starvation or […]

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This Crucible of Love

Sunset and evening star,       And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar,       When I put out to sea,  But such a tide as moving seems asleep,       Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep       Turns again home.   Twilight and evening bell, […]

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Look Up

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca  Sadly, far too few of us have relationships in which we truly understand and are understood. During a question and answer time after a noontime talk we gave to a local civic group, a man in […]

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Easter Terror (Running Away From “Home”)

Easter Sunday 1994. It was a great day! The morning church services went well on our first Easter in Hershey. Both of our families were here to celebrate the holiday, and my wife, Kathy, my two sons, Adam and David, and I were leaving the next morning for a 12-day trip to Honolulu and San […]

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Our Human Compassion

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela The blinds were drawn. The room was darkened on a sunny afternoon. Her downcast posture and demeanor signaled her […]

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Compassion and Forgiveness

The heartfelt compassion that hastens forgiveness matures when we discover where our enemy cries.      Brennan Manning Understanding someone’s circumstances triggers the compassion that makes forgiveness possible. In his book Abba’s Child, Brennan Manning shares this story that gives us pause to reflect on the ways in which we instantly, often unfairly judge others around […]

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