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Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6: 36-37

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into places of pain, to share brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human . . . . It is not surprising that compassion, understood as suffering with, often evokes in us a deep resistance, and even protest. We are inclined to say, ‘This is self-flagellation. . . . We are pain avoiders and we consider anyone who feels attracted to suffering abnormal, or at least very unusual.”

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen

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