Beginning of the Year Virtue – COMPASSION
Defining Compassion - A feeling of deep sympathy, pity or sorrow for another who is suffering; accompanied by the strong desire to alleviate their pain and help them. We should thank God everyday that He is compassionate towards us. The whole Bible is a book about compassion. We get to see a God that designed a world just for us only to have us sin against Him and yet He still forgives. Compassion is one of the characteristics that “stand” out the most when reading about the life of Jesus while on this earth. We read about times when Jesus was obviously very tired and wore down from traveling around from place to place with His disciples and often having large crowds follow Him. And yet, He unwaveringly shows an amazing compassion for the lost, for the sick, for the lonely and for the entire world. You see, we often seek our own comfort and own praise. We know we fall short in this and, instead of constantly looking to show love, we often will give in to a love of self instead of a love for others. We try to show compassion like Jesus did but it doesn’t always come easy. “Put yourself in their shoes; instead of judging them.” Mother Teresa says, “If we judge others, there is no time to love them.” Hopefully, these words will inspire us to pray and seek to have a greater compassion for others especially at the beginning of this school year. Praise God from who all blessings flow!
Matthew 9:36 When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
How to show compassion at school, home, community and world…
· Do not judge others; place yourself in “their shoes”
· Pray for others or with them; lift up they needs to Jesus
· Do something kind to someone without their knowledge of who you are
· Give to the homeless shelter or adopt a child in poverty
· Include and/or befriend a classmate or schoolmate who feels left out
· Forgive and forget
· Care for others with your actions
· Pray for peace in the world
Matthew 14:14When He went ashore He saw a great crowd, and He had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Prayer of Compassion by Mother Teresa
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, and the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. Amen.
Student Body Mass: Every Tuesday 9:31–10:21 am
Individual Class Mass: Every Wednesday 9:31-10:21 am
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