Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it. … And so we ignore our greatest gift, which is our ability to enter into solidarity with those who suffer.
source: Nouwen, H.J.M. (2003). The way of the heart. Ballentyne. image: soulterminal.com.