Caring About Others

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From the book, The Way of Serenity:

“When we are suffering, it’s very hard to see beyond our pain to the world around us. It is precisely this “getting beyond ourselves,” however, that offers us the opportunity to begin to heal the wounds in our own soul. When we remain aware that everyone around us has some pain to undergo………..we grow in our communion with them, and our own sorrow becomes a vehicle for understanding theirs. This is the sense of the beautiful virtue of compassion, a word that comes from the Latin words for “suffering with” someone else. To feel compassion is to appropriate to ourselves the sorrow of others, to enter into their world and participate in it.”

      I love this book. Have a great day everyone!

         

Quote from: The Way of Serenity,  by Father Jonathan Morris, 

Harper One Publishers

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Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

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23 thoughts on “Caring About Others

  1. I couldn’t agree more with this. There is so much love, compassion and healing that takes place when we open ourselves up to the understanding that we are truly not alone in our suffering no matter how different it is. I recently bought this book knowing how much you liked it. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m reading “A Religion of Ones Own,” by Thomas Moore right now. Thank you and have a blessed day.

  2. thats it!
    I know when in the hospital coming out of surgery, all my mind could think of was my intolerable pain and certainly not the lady’s in the bed next to me.. not til the next day anyway.
    THEN, I was able to Focus more on her’s. And, you are so right Nico! once we are able, to focus, on someone else – it makes things a tiny bit better. 🙂

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