What is compassion?

By definition, compassion means being sensitive to the suffering of others. Through our baptism, we are called to live compassion in the image of Christ – that is to say to love each other fully, with all our weaknesses, and to share in the other’s suffering.

Much is at stake because it is the Love we show our neighbour that will determine our place in heaven! (Mt 25: 34-40). However it is difficult for us to go and meet the poor and the suffering, because it also hurts us and too often we close our eyes and do nothing.

Here are three ways to get started:

Decide: we are free and God expects our yes! This is THE prerequisite!
  • Accept our limitations: we will never be perfect. Accept this and start from where we are!
  • Pray: to love in His image, to do His will

- let us go first of all to meet Him. 
What should we do? 
God asks us to show our love through our actions (1 John 3: 14-24). We must do all we can to help our neighbour practically. But let us be vigilant and make room for God – He will always be present despite our shortcomings and will know how to transcend all our little efforts. And it is certainly our personal encounter with God that will always be the greatest and most lasting comfort. 
How do we make progress? 
As athletes, we will make progress through a regime – let us choose to love and serve faithfully one person more specifically. This relationship, with its joys and difficulties, will soften our hearts and bring us closer to God!

A practical suggestion and testimony:  www.aimeretservir.org (fr)
To go further: 

  • The Way of the Heart – Henri NOUWEN
  • The Words of Pierre Goursat, – Martine CATTA
No Greater Love – Mother Teresa
In the silence of the heart – Mother Teresa 
  • believe in Love – Père D’ELBEE
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (§2443-2449)
Veritatis Splendor – Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II – August 6, 1993
  • Savifici Doloris – Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II – February 11, 1984
  • Deus Caritas Est – the first encyclical of Benedict XVI – December 25, 2005

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