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Comfort the Sorrowful: Spiritual Work of Mercy

Comfort the Sorrowful As with every month, during this Year of Mercy, we choose a different corporal or spiritual work of mercy and dive into the details. This month we discuss the spiritual work of mercy to comfort the sorrowful.

It seems like every time I attend a wake for someone’s passing, I never know what to say to the bereft family members. Does that happen to you as well? How does one truly comfort the sorrowful at such a time of great loss? Words seem so inadequate; well, at least my words seem inadequate. At such times, I try to remember what Continue reading

Spending April God’s Way; Not Necessarily My Way!

Thomas Aquinas quote - AprilI spent most of this past month of April caring for a friend, who underwent her second hip replacement. Throughout the month, I was repeatedly reminded of God’s presence in the midst of all that went on; from the day of her surgery, until she departed to return to her own home, with her brand, spanking, new hip.

April is a time of renewal; new beginnings!

It started with the day of her surgery (March 30th). While walking down the hall to my friend’s hospital room, I noticed that each room had signs under the room numbers Continue reading

Compassion Has No Shut-Off Valve

November 18, 2015

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Compassion is not seasonal!

Compassion seems popular this time of year. We tend to share our abundance with those less fortunate in the form of donations to shelters and food banks. Why is it that we only tend to take this action predominantly in November and December? People are hungry and homeless all year round. I don’t have a definitive answer for this question, but I think it has something to do with processing tax deductions. Perhaps I’m being a bit cynical. However, I think we need to move beyond tax donations.  We need to enter into the Continue reading

Poor and Homeless Need Compassion

December 15, 2014

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Caring for the poor and homeless requires that we first acknowledge that the poor and homeless exist and need assistance from you and me. Leaving the task to someone else means that we lack compassion and have only pity.

Watch this very interesting, short video, from the New York City Rescue Mission. It has received over 5 million views. I hope it has the same affect on you that it had on me: to raise your self-awareness of the plight of the poor and homeless.

http://youtu.be/u6jSKLtmYdM

What impact did this video have on you?

Did it help to Continue reading

Sick and Elderly Need Our Compassion

December 10, 2014

sick and elderly How can you support the sick and elderly by alleviating their suffering and pain? There are several ways to accomplish this that are up for discussion today. As with all acts of compassion, there are differing degrees of commitment of your time, talent and treasure that can be spent on the sick and elderly.

Attending to the Sick and Elderly with Compassion

I’ll start with the easy ways, and work my way up to the intense means of acting with compassion.

  1. PrayWe all know someone diagnosed with cancer. To enter into the suffering, pray for the person that Continue reading

Support Local Children – Practice Compassion

December 8, 2014

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How do you support local children? Where are the opportunities in your neighborhood or state to act with compassion? How can you enter the sphere of suffering to do what you can to alleviate that suffering, without forming judgment? Keep in mind, that at times the call to compassion may take little effort, and then again, sometimes the Lord is calling some of us to do what we think might be daunting. With that in mind, I’ll start with the easy suggestions and work my way up to the daunting ways in which you can support local children:

  1. Donate your Continue reading

Sponsor a Child – Practice Compassion

December 3, 2014

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Practicing compassion can take many forms through the use of your time, talent and/or treasure. In this four part series, we’ll dive in and explore several opportunities for practicing compassion. Today let’s discuss the concept of what it means to:

Sponsor a Child

Back in 2005, we had a visiting priest come and speak to our parish about the opportunity to sponsor a child in a third world country, where living conditions were deplorable, yet the faith was ablaze. After Mass, I stopped by the table. I saw this picture of a small little Guatemalan girl, named Heydi, age 7. Continue reading

Embracing Compassion – Step into the Suffering

December 1, 2014

Embracing CompassionAmen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). Do you need any additional rationale for embracing compassion? When you care for those who suffer, you minister to the Lord, Himself! In Matt 10:42, Jesus states this same message slightly differently.  “And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple – amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” Jesus calls us to be Continue reading