September 5th -
Dictionary to the contrary, true compassion is not really sympathy and it is certainly not pity. It is a recognition of suffering among equals. Compassion arises out of empathy. Because we can relate to our fellows we are able to understand their suffering. We connect with them in an intimate way, that knows we are all together. Compassion says, “your pain is my pain.” The right application of compassion would be to accept that suffering is present, that it has a cause, and that it can be alleviated. In other words, that it is not permanent. It is important that we see that our brother or sister is not caught in a situation that cannot be corrected. We can all be freed from our pain. So, any prayers on our part should include a positive, affirmative attitude that a cessation of suffering is available.