Reflection 74: A Compassionate Heart

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Is there a difference between “sympathy” and “compassion?”  If so, what is the difference?  And which is more desirable?  Sympathy simply means that we feel bad for another.  It means, in a sense, that we pity them.  But compassion goes much further.  It means that we enter into their sufferings and carry their burden with them.  It means we suffer with them just as our Lord suffered with and for us.  We must only seek to offer true compassion for others and to invite them to offer compassion to us (See Diary #279).

How well do you do this?  How well do you offer true compassion?  Do you see the hurt of others and seek to be there for them, encouraging them in Christ?  And when you suffer, do you allow the compassion of others to flood your soul?  Do you allow the Mercy of God to reach out to you through them?  Or do you seek only pity from others allowing yourself to fall into the trap of self-pity?  Reflect upon the difference in these two qualities and ask our Lord to make your heart one of authentic compassion for all.

Lord, please do give me a heart full of Mercy and compassion.  Help me to be attentive to the needs of others and to reach out to them with Your own Divine Heart.  May I long to bring Your healing grace to all those in need.  And may I never soak in my own self-pity or seek that pity from others.  But may I be open to the compassion Your Heart desires to offer me through the love of others.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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Two great books for Lent:

Lent and Easter Reflections
Updated for Lent & Easter 2022 with additional reflections and more detailed Table of Contents

Lent and Easter Reflections is one of four books that makes up the Catholic Daily Reflections Series. As a devotional it is a great resource for daily meditation and prayer offering reflections on the Gospel of the day in a practical, faithful and down-to-earth way. It is formatted in such a way that it can be used for any liturgical year, offering reflections on every Gospel option, including Sunday Years A, B & C, every daily Mass option and all Feasts and Solemnities. Allow the death and resurrection of Christ to transform your heart more fully this Lent and Easter!  It is also available in paperback & eBook format!

40 Days at the Foot of the Cross:
A Gaze of Love from the Heart of Our Blessed Mother

Through this daily devotional you are invited to prayerfully ponder the mind and heart of our Blessed Mother as she endured the great suffering inflicted upon her own dear Son.  Mother Mary faced the Cross of her Son with perfect faith, love and devotion. Her fidelity to her Son throughout His life was unwavering. As she stood before the Cross during those long three hours, that fidelity never ceased.