As I contemplate the role of compassion in my life and within the communities where I live and work, I have become acutely aware of the lack of compassion within and around me.
Yes, recovery is possible today due to many advances in the understanding of mental illnesses as “bio-chemical brain disease.”
Revisiting the fact that, in the Bible, the words, “Fear not” or “Do not be afraid” are found 365 times. It encourages me to lean on signs of trust, compassion, mercy, hope amid times of desolation. How does this scriptural reminder touch your heart?
How might prayer shawls be everyday reminders of God’s love, compassion and mercy?
Join me in contemplating the role of compassion in our lives and within the communities where we live and work.
Next week, on January 17, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day and remember the great leadership of another human “star” whose life models courage, perseverance and truth…whose words “light” our paths toward peace, justice and equality.
I turn to the constancy, comfort and beauty of the Natural world to calm my mind, body and spirit. I am in awe of the frequent, grace-filled teachings that our Creator offers through Nature.
This little pear tree, the “Survivor Tree,” between the Memorial Pools at the 9/11 site in lower Manhattan, continues to evoke a sense of survivorship following duress and loss…
Spring and the Holy Spirit bring new life in the midst of pandemic and mental illness.
The Ignatian Exercises are “bookended” with meditations considering God’s love. I found new energy and interest in daily quiet prayer, practicing the Examen, and contemplating the scriptures with imagination while using all my senses.