How do we live compassionate lives?
AUGUST IS THE MONTH OF COMPASSION. HOW DO WE LIVE COMPASSIONATE LIVES? THE DESIRE TO IS A JOURNEY…ENHANCED BY PRAYER, BLESSING, CREATIVE ACTION AND UNDERSTANDING.
The Blessing of Compassion
- Touching the forehead
May we approach all other beings with Christ-like compassion, observing them with kindness. May we let go of all harsh judgements.
- Touching the ears
May we be aware of the suffering of those around us, and all of those in the cosmos. May our ears be open to listen.
- Touching the mouth
May we have the courage and wisdom to speak up for those who are wronged, to be a voice for those who suffer from injustice of any form.
- Touching the hands
May we be open to receive from others when we are in need. May we be ready to give when someone needs to receive our gifts.
- Touching the feet
May our faith give us strength when we stand beneath the cross of another.
- Embracing ourselves
May we always know the shelter of God when we are hurting and in pain, May we trust God who embodies Compassion to protect us and comfort us. May we be at peace.
(Adapted from Joyce Rupp, Out of the Ordinary)