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Support Local Children – Practice Compassion

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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 money and/or time to your local food bank – In my community, we have a program at our local food Continue reading

Sponsor a Child – Practice Compassion

Unbound

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. She was dressed in a simple little dress, yet she had no smile. She stole my heart! I immediately entered Continue reading

Embracing Compassion – Step into the Suffering

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 compassionate to our fellow man. We must follow Jesus’s way in which He demonstrated compassion during His time on Continue reading

What is Christ-Like Compassion?

Compassion

Compassion is defined as the desire to alleviate the suffering of another; to give care and concern. Compassion differs from pity in that compassion requires an act of charity, whereas pity requires only a feeling of sorrow for someone else’s suffering/situation. To have true compassion for someone means that you step into the sphere of suffering, without forming judgment, and you do what you can to alleviate the suffering of someone else. Sounds a little Christ-like, doesn’t it?

Think about it. The Word Incarnate became flesh; He stepped into humanity, with all of its suffering, and took upon Himself all of humankind’s sin and pain when nailed to the Cross. Christ did this so that we might live. He always Continue reading