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Joy is hidden in compassion. The word compassion literally means “to suffer with.” It seems quite unlikely that suffering with another person would bring joy. Yet being with a person in pain, offering simple presence to someone in despair, sharing with a friend times of confusion and uncertainty … such experiences can bring us deep joy. Not happiness, not excitement, not great satisfaction, but the quiet joy of being there for someone else and living in deep solidarity with our brothers and sisters in this human family. Often this is a solidarity in weakness, in brokenness, in woundedness, but it leads us to the center of joy, which is sharing our humanity with others.

Emphasis mine

Seven poets  have new poems in the February issue of the  Dead Mule.

Read poems from

Anne Whitehouse
Christy Alexander Hallberg
Anna Bellamy Lucas
Amanda R. Candler
D. C. Lynn
Alan Botsford
Meredith Harman

There’s also plenty of good fiction and creative non-fiction, too.

So read up.  🙂

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