St Gabriel Windows

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Monday, August 21, 2006

Fostering Compassion

Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise...Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to undersand what is the will of the Lord.
Ephesians 5:15, 17


Sometimes, on a really down day for us, maybe there is little we can do for others. But even in those instances, if we keep the value of compassion in mind, we may at least know enough to keep quiet instead of saying something unkind. Maybe we won't be much a help, but at least we won't be a pest to others. Keeping compassion always before our eyes completes the circle of grace. The spiritual life finally becomes so real that it has a chance to "positively contaminate" all of life, all of the time. Then, life as a whole becomes spiritual - which is our ultimate goal, isn't it? In this light, fostering simple compassion is not only reaching out to others, it is also an act of prayer which welcomes God into our soul in new, mysterious ways.

Robert J. Wicks
Everyday Simplicities

1 comment:

Esther said...

Denise:
This is such good advice! If only I could remember it when the time comes.