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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 suffering of the marginalized and oppressed, year round, to truly experience the virtue of compassion. We need to meet the need head on, and not from the peripheral comfort of our own homes/checkbook.

Compassion shouldn’t have a shut off valve come January. There is always a need to fill. If we are only willing to consider it for two months out of the year, then we sorely lack in the virtue of compassion.

True Compassion is when…

Our eyes are always on alert. Our hearts are always open to ease someone else’s suffering. Our minds are always willing to do the Lord’s will, 24/7, 365 days a year. Our hands and feet take action to alleviate the suffering of others.

Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now. – Saint Teresa of Avila

Will you deny Christ, or will you be on alert and become Christ’s hands, feet, and eyes for someone who is suffering? Will you take action to alleviate the suffering of another, whenever the situation presents itself?

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