Compassion (next day repost)

beyond justice

beyond forgiveness

beyond mercy

beyond benevolence

Doing whatever it takes

to relieve pain.

Willing to allay

fear of retribution

tolerant

understanding

considerate

comforting

Making it so that the victim

does not suffer and ache.

Helping the offender

to make amends and be restored.

Compassion…

needs to be sympathetic

wants to be empathetic

induces care

Compassion

beyond justice

beyond forgiveness

beyond mercy

beyond benevolence

Doing whatever it takes

to relieve pain.

Willing to allay

fear of retribution

tolerant

understanding

considerate

comforting

Making it so that the victim

does not suffer and ache.

Helping the offender

to make amends and be restored.

Compassion…

needs to be sympathetic

wants to be empathetic

induces care

Hospitality (next day repost)

be prepared

be aware

be ready

be available

Doing whatever it takes

to be present.

Willing to provide

comfort and consolation.

welcoming

helpful

gentle

pleasant

Making it so that the stranger

feels at home and at ease.

Creating space for neighbor

to sense warmth and kindness.

hospitality

needs to be generous

wants to be kind

compels openness

Presentation Is Everything

Faltering and rambling words make for

going away with much confusion.

Hunched shoulders and a humped back make for

coming across as weak and unsure…

Disorganized presenting makes for

no buy-in, no trust, and no support.

A bad presentation

muddles what is done,

belies why it’s done,

obscures how to do it.

Exact and explicit words make for

going away with sound awareness.

Eye contact and open arms make for

coming across as strong and sincere…

Systematic presenting makes for

confidence, mettle, and conviction.

A good presentation

describes  what is done,

portrays why it’s done,

explains how to do it.

An expert exhibition makes for

providing good opportunities.

A comprehensive conference makes

change possible with right attention…

Methodical presenting makes for

careful engagement in the process.

A clear presentation

assures follow through,

inspires visions,

realizes dreams.

Presentation Is Everything

Faltering and rambling words make for

going away with much confusion.

Hunched shoulders and a humped back make for

coming across as weak and unsure…

Disorganized presenting makes for

no buy-in, no trust, and no support.

A bad presentation

muddles what is done,

belies why it’s done,

obscures how to do it.

Exact and explicit words make for

going away with sound awareness.

Eye contact and open arms make for

coming across as strong and sincere…

Systematic presenting makes for

confidence, mettle, and conviction.

A good presentation

describes  what is done,

portrays why it’s done,

explains how to do it.

An expert exhibition makes for

providing good opportunities.

A comprehensive conference makes

change possible with right attention…

Methodical presenting makes for

careful engagement in the process.

A clear presentation

assures follow through,

inspires visions,

realizes dreams.

Detachment

There is a worldly conceit,

a love of selfish success,

the trappings of façades,

the false appeal of trifles.

“The world’s joys are bewitching.

Its people are appealing.

Its counterfeit joys,

although shallow, catch many.”[1]

So, make acts of thanksgiving

for the graces and blessings

of holy poverty… Be

happy with a humble soul.

Saved from unrestrained pleasure,

from a life of carelessness,

from having to possess stuff,

from incessant transaction.

This is the world’s misery.

So, detach and be happy.

The Spirit is Wordless

amid indulgent pleasure.

Rather, loaded with God’s grace

enjoy the gift of blessings

in the caring, kind, gentle,

sweet things of the greater good.

“Love not the world, nor the things

which are in the world. If any

person loves the world, the love

of Abba is not in him.”[2]


[1] Father Judge Meditations p211

[2] l Jn. 2:15

Detachment

There is a worldly conceit,

a love of selfish success,

the trappings of façades,

the false appeal of trifles.

“The world’s joys are bewitching.

Its people are appealing.

Its counterfeit joys,

although shallow, catch many.”[1]

So, make acts of thanksgiving

for the graces and blessings

of holy poverty… Be

happy with a humble soul.

Saved from unrestrained pleasure,

from a life of carelessness,

from having to possess stuff,

from incessant transaction.

This is the world’s misery.

So, detach and be happy.

The Spirit is Wordless

amid indulgent pleasure.

Rather, loaded with God’s grace

enjoy the gift of blessings

in the caring, kind, gentle,

sweet things of the greater good.

“Love not the world, nor the things

which are in the world. If any

person loves the world, the love

of Abba is not in him.”[2]


[1] Father Judge Meditations p211

[2] l Jn. 2:15

Do You Love Me?

1a retelling of John 21: 15-17

When they had finished eating, Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, would you die for me as I died for you?”

Lord, I would give you anything you ask for.”

Jesus said, “Share my Way.”

A little later, Jesus asked, “Simon, would you stand in harm’s way for me?”

“Lord, you know that I totally support everything you stand for.”

Jesus said, “Take care of our friends.”

Later still, Jesus asked, “Simon, will you be my friend always?”

Peter was upset because Jesus kept challenging him. So, he said, “Lord, considering all we’ve been through together, surely you know we are best friends.”

Jesus said, “Pray together to stay together”