The challenge for me is when the call for compassion is in direct competition with my own ego needs. For example, here I am at my cottage by the sea following my bliss. But what about the friend who is lonely? No, she doesn’t need money. She would appreciate a face to face visit. Sometimes compassion calls for action.
There is much to say about compassion, but for today I’ll end by saying a word about its relationship to prayer. I believe that prayer leads me closer toward compassion. If I feel no compassion, prayer will open my heart. If I have excessive compassion, prayer will right the balance; if I have lost my compassionate spirit, prayer will return it to me. Compassion shows God working prayerfully through me.