OUR CAPACITIES FOR COMPASSION are deepened when we stay grounded in the sacred truth of our belovedness. So often we forget. We start believing the lies that we are not worthy of love. We seek the source of value in our work, wealth, physical appearance, and in others while deep within, the longing lingers. We long for the face of the universe to turn toward us with care.
The path of compassion invites us to remember that our belovedness is as secure as the air we breathe. It is the ground on which we have our being. The face is smiling as we speak. Remembering, reconnecting with, and rooting ourselves deeply in the loving essence of the universe reminds us of the truth of our sacred belovedness. We deepen our connection with this compassionate presence in various ways — prayer, meditation, solitude, retreat, worship, ritual, fellowship, and community. Many reconnect with this sacred presence by remembering and savoring the sacred moments that have graced them throughout the course of their lives.
Regardless of religious practice, the invitation is the same. Return to the ground of infinite compassion. Behold your face held as beloved. Breathe this love into every fiber of your being. And leave replenished, loved and alive, as a bearer of love for our world.
– Frank Rogers Jr.
From page 49 or Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers Jr. Copyright © 2015 by Frank Rogers Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Fresh Air Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.
But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”
Mark 10:13-14, NRSV
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This week we remember: Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1).
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