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Compassion grows with the inner recognition that your neighbor shares your humanity with you. This partnership cuts through all walls which might have kept you separate. Across all barriers of land and language, wealth and poverty, knowledge and ignorance, we are one, created from the same dust, subject to the same laws, and destined for the same end.

With compassion we can say, “Their flesh is my flesh, their blood is my blood, their pain is my pain, their smile is my smile. … There is nothing in me that does not belong to them too; nothing in them that does not belong to me.”

source: Nouwen, Henri J.M. (1972). With open hands. New York: Ballantine Books, p. 56.

Fr. Henri (1932-1996), Dutch-born Catholic priest and theologian, author of 40 books, believed that “we always have a choice to live the moment as a cause.“ He spent his last ten years as pastor to people with profound developmental disabilities at the L’Arche community in Toronto. image: a timely pairing: an aircraft carrier and a hospital ship steaming alongside each other; strategypage.com

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