WHEN WE ARE agitated, reactive, or depleted, our inner world is in pain and need. Ignoring the state of our soul and pressing to cultivate compassion for another is not only counterproductive but also a form of interior violence. It dismisses the needs and suffering that are crying out from within us.
Forcing an open heart toward others while closing our own hearts to ourselves is as internally contradictory as screaming our way into silence, straining our way into relaxation, or battling our way into inner peace. The cry within us will only intensify and demand our attention in other ways, such as compassion fatigue, an intractable resentment, or a chronic knot in our neck.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
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And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.”
Luke 4:24, NRSV
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