JULY 21

Reflection

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others — even our enemies — is a denial of our common humanity.
The Charter for Compassion

Prayer

May I understand the  meaning of compassion.

Action

Read and reflect on The Charter for Compassion. https://charterforcompassion.org/charter

Suggested Reading

The Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Isaiah 49:13

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted,  forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Francis of Assisi

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
Thomas Merton

 You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.
Meister Eckhart

God created us for love, for union, for forgiveness and compassion and, yet, that has not been our storyline. That has not been our history.
Richard Rohr

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
Abraham Joshua Heschel

I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
Dalai Lama

Religions have always stressed that compassion is not only central to religious life, it is the key to enlightenment and it the true test of spirituality. But there have always have been those who’d rather put easier goals, like doctrine conformity, in place.
Karen Armstrong

The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.
Myles Munroe

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.
Mother Teresa

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Have compassion for everyone you meet, for you do not know what wars are going on down there, where the spirit meets the bone.
Lucinda Williams

 

 

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