Sometimes situations come along in our lives that give birth to compassion. But one can also be more deliberate. Intentionally placing oneself in situations where people are struggling and need help, and being present to that experience, can be transformative. For people like me and many readers of this book whose life circumstances are reasonably secure, there are a variety of ways of doing this: serving a meal once a week or month in a soup kitchen, working as a volunteer in any number of agencies, building a house with Habitat for Humanity, and so on. Compassion can even be birthed by being really present to the evening news, though I am not suggesting watching television as a primary means. What matters for this means of transformation is letting the life circumstances of others move one's heart.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Deeds of Compassion
Today's blog content comes from The God We Never Knew by Marcus Borg. Borg is my favourite Christian writer and speaker. His best book is The Heart of Christianity, but this one has some great thoughts as well. This quote comes from a section on spiritual practices: