Empathy, Compassion, and Love Like the Trinity

This post is not about snow.

Our elderly neighbor, Miss H., waved from her mailbox across the street. We decided to stop over real quick before heading out to the grocery store.

“It’s going to snow tonight!” my 5 year old informed her with a smile on her face.

Miss H.’s eyes wrinkled, “Oh,” she said, “I don’t like the snow much. It’s difficult for me to get out for my mail.” She shifted her weight on her cane. My kids, undeterred, regaled her with stories about their favorite snow day activities.

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Compassion in action

A modern examination of conscience.  (But not too modern… we’re loyal to the teachings of the Catholic Church here!)

Have you ever felt overcome with compassion for someone who is suffering?

The man with a cardboard sign on the side of the road. The family who lost everything in a home fire. The child who broke a glass and weeps tears of remorse.

Compassion moves our heart to break for them, to cry for them. Mercy puts compassion in motion. It’s the virtue that acts on our sympathy, extending kindness and forgiveness to our neighbor in need. Continue reading