October 19

Reflection

 Jesus lived and taught compassion. Compassion lifts us out of our own small world and broadens our vision. It enables us to see not only those close by but also the injustice and oppression afflicting people we will never see. Self-absorption, self-involvement and concern only for oneself detach us from the reality of life. Compassion is not only an inner feeling relating to the pain of others, compassion is a call to action against the forces of injustice which cause this suffering.

Prayer

 O God, teach us to embrace each other with compassion, no matter what our age, color, creed, history, or belief.

Action

 There is nothing and no one to whom we are not connected and their needs are our concern. How can I play my part in this?

Suggested Readings

 Jesus, moved with compassion, put out his hand, and touched him, and said to him, I will; be made clean.
Mark 1:40

 When he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a lonely place and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves. Jesus said, They need not go away; you give them something to eat”.
Matthew 14:13

  The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Samuel Johnson

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
John Wooden

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
Plato

Compassion is the basis of morality.
Arthur Schopenhauer 

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama XIV

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When you manage your emotions and act with compassion, you are behaving as the real you.
Zeeshan Raza

 

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