SOME SPIRITUAL WRITERS remind us that whispers of kindness and compassion are extended to us throughout each day—the courtesy of a stranger holding a door for our passing, the smile of a friend from across the room, the hand that holds ours when our spirits are down, the loved one who cares how our day has unfolded. Often, these register but for a moment and then flow right on past us. Practices like the Ignatian daily awareness examen or the Buddhist meditation on receiving love help us notice and savor these whispers of compassion. These practices recognize that the soil of our soul grows all the more fertile as these showers of kindness soak deeply within and collect into the pools of our interior reserves.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
From page 44 of Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2015 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Pay attention to opportunities for acts of kindness and kindness directed toward you today . Share your thoughts.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
Psalm 25:5, NRSV
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This week we remember: Sister Dorothy Kazel (December 2).
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