HeartWork Practice: Growing Compassion

Every uncompassionate action is like planting a dead tree. A compassionate action is planting a living tree that grows endlessly and never dies. It always leaves behind a seed from which another tree grows.

Below is a dramatic reading from Henri Nouwen on Compassion:

What are you experiencing right now within your heart and your soul, emotions, reactions, provocations…. What “living trees” do you want to see grow around you? Within you? What future do you want to be a part of? Where and how can you bring new life?

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2 thoughts on “HeartWork Practice: Growing Compassion

  1. “The business of this life should not preoccupy us with its anxiety and pride, so that we no longer strive with all the love of our heart to be like our Redeemer and to follow his example. Everything that he did or suffered was for our salvation: he wanted his body to share the goodness of its head.” He took our human nature while remaining God, so that the Word became man. He left no member of the human race without a share in His mercy. Those who welcome Christ share in His nature. A nature that that enables us to be reborn in His Spirit giving us a share in His nature. The body that lay lifeless in the tomb is ours. the body that rose again on the third day is ours. The body that ascended to the Father is ours. If we are not ashamed to acknowledge the price he paid for our salvation, we too will share in His glory. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I too will acknowledge him before m Father in heaven.” Pope St. Leo the Great

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