Week of 6 August, 2018

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

~ Dalai Lama ~

A person who sees things as they truly are and sympathizes with pain and sorrow is capable of touching life’s depths and finding authentic happiness. He or she is consoled, not by the world but by Jesus. Such persons are unafraid to share in the suffering of others; they do not flee from painful situations. They discover the meaning of life by coming to the aid of those who suffer, understanding their anguish and bringing relief. They sense that the other is flesh of our flesh, and are not afraid to draw near, even to touch their wounds. They feel compassion for others in such a way that all distance vanishes. In this way they can embrace Saint Paul’s exhortation: “Weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15 ). Knowing how to mourn with others: that is holiness.

 

Pope Francis
Gaudete et Exsultate, 76

 

Lord,

I ask you to assist me to showing compassion and kindness to those in my community who are mourning.

Help me not to flee from people experiencing pain, but to move towards them with love and care.

Amen.

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Mrs Paulina French

Paulina is a Chartered Accountant who spent a number of years working for an international auditing firm and with a major retail bank. She is married with two daughters. On the birth of her second daughter she left the corporate world and became a full time mom. She spent a few years doing some consulting work and used to work three mornings a week for the Jesuit Institute.

p.french@jesuitinstitute.org.za
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