Reflections for our Times — Compassion

Compassion as a principle of action

Tags: Compassion, Historical Jesus, Jesus, Pagola

The research on Jesus reaches a fairly widespread conclusion. Jesus of Nazareth was a man, perhaps the only one, who lived and communicated a sane experience of God, without distorting it with the fears, ambition and fantasies which different religions ordinarily project on to the divinity. Jesus never speaks of God as indifferent or distant, uninvolved with the life of human beings or interested only in his honor, his glory and his rights. At the heart of his experience we do not find the image of a lawgiver God who wants to govern the world through laws, while threatening his...

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The vocation of human beings - by Oscar Romero

Tags: Church, Compassion, El Salvador, gospel, Homilies, Justice, Politics, Pope Francis, Romero, solidarity

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD IS A PROCLAMATION OF HUMAN TRANSCENDENCE  Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Mark 16:15-20       Dear sisters and brothers, when I was a seminarian I heard a story that comes to mind given the circumstances of today, and I want to share it with you. It was a story about a sailor who was sent to fix something high on the mast; as he climbed high up and looked down at the roiling sea, he became dizzy and was about to fall. When the captain noticed this, he told him, «Young fellow, look upward!» and...

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Giving God our Burdens

Tags: compassion, espiritualidad, healing, meditation, mercy, prayer, Secularism, spirituality, transcendence

Daily challenges, the difficulties of coping with a routine that is not feeding my soul anymore with the nourishment it needs, and my many personal limitations generate varying levels of stress that breathe in and out in an exhausting and consuming cycle. After time goes by, in my attempts to cope with the many afflictions, my daily struggle becomes a burden. As time went by and after observing no long lasting results regardless of how I tried, frustration kicked in. As a result of this, just a few days ago I prayed to you Lord, so that you would take...

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The Coming of the Spirit

Tags: compassion, homilies, Homily, mercy, oscar romero, Pentecost, romero, Spirit, spirituality

OSCAR ROMERO HOMILY: THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT WHO GIVES LIFE TO THE NEW COVENANT ….This week I received accusations from both extremes: the extreme right says that I am a communist , and the extreme left says that I am moving toward the right . I am with neither the right nor the left. I am trying to be faithful to the word that the Lord sends me to preach, faithful to the unchangeable message that tells both sides the good they do and the injustices they commit. And I think we’ve given very clear testimony about the gift of...

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Fear

Tags: christianity, compassion, fear, healing, meditation, mercy, spirituality

Talking with a friend of mine who has recently gone through a tough trial after spending 18 days in a hospital caring for her husband, a comment arose regarding the fact that after a specific age we should not have to be providing for anybody else. She is of course right and ideally, this is the way it should be; but in reality it works in a different way. Each of us knows how challenging life is these days. Partly due to the self imposed obligations and responsibilities, we continue pulling our own wagon during decades, and we never really...

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Dusty Path

Tags: compassion, Crucifixion, jesus, lent, mercy, passion, spirituality

We have turned time into such an important aspect of our lives. It rules our days and is deeply rooted in each of our plans. It is an important aspect of discipline and a very strong reason for stress in our lives. As our age increases, the awareness of time and our own mortality becomes more obvious, due in part to the fact that the years we may still have available to live with health are more limited as time passes.After experiencing different ages in our lives, we slowly begin to concentrate the span of our attention within this tunnel...

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The Passion of Jesus

Tags: compassion, Crucifixion, curesma, Good Friday, jesus, lent, mercy, pasión, passion

To justify the death of an innocent victim like that of Jesus and, still more, to say that it was the divine will, would be to make of evil a human way of behaving, justifiable on the part of God and of human beings. Hence it would be very relevant to understand the historical fact and the theological meaning of the passion and death of Jesus not as a simple story one hears in Lent, but as an event that reveals a tragic reality that should make us wonder as to how far we are capable of going if we...

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Oscar Romero on Lent: RENEWAL OF OUR COVENANT WITH GOD

Tags: christianity, compassion, Homily, Lent, mercy, Oscar Romero, Romero

LENT, RENEWAL OF OUR COVENANT WITH GOD   Homily of March 4, 1979. Texts: Genesis 9:8-15; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15   Dear sisters and brothers, the season that just began with Ash Wednesday is the most important one of the liturgical year. I want to ask you to experience this season with a sincere desire to follow Christ in the spirit of an authentically evangelical church. The essence of Lent is preparing ourselves to celebrate Easter and the paschal mystery that is the death and resurrection of Christ. By his death the Redeemer paid for all the sins of...

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The Nativity of the Lord

Tags: Christmas, Compassion, jesus, love, mercy, Pagola, solidarity

Christmas is a feast full of nostalgia. Peace is what we sing about, but we do not know how to make it happen. We look for happiness, but it seems ever more difficult to be happy. We buy each other gifts, but what we need is tenderness and affection. We sing to a God who is a child, but in our hearts, faith lies extinguished. Life is not what we would like it to be, but we do not know how to make it better.    Christmas is not the only thing we think about this way. Our whole life...

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Forgiveness as a horizon

Tags: Compassion, forgiveness, jesus, love, mercy, Pope Francis, sin, solidarity

What caused most scandal and hostility towards Jesus during his activity in Galilee was his friendship with sinners. Never had anything like it happened in Israel. No prophet had gone to them with an attitude of respect, friendship and sympathy. What Jesus did was unheard of. The impression that John the Baptist had left was very different. John had denounced sinners. He had reminded them of the punishment that awaited them, and had introduced a major rite of purification and penance to free them from sin. His activity did not scandalize anyone. It was what one expected of a prophet,...

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Healing as a program

Tags: christology, Compassion, gospel, healing, Historical Jesus, jesus, miracles, pagola, Spirituality

There is no doubt that Jesus loved, protected and devoted his attention to the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. There wasn’t anything original about this. Many others had done the same before and after Jesus. What is strikingly admirable is that Jesus valued nothing above them, he loved nothing more than them: not religion, the Law or the security of his people. The sources leave no room for doubt. The most important thing for Jesus is the life of the people, not religion. Sin, morality or the Law are not the fundamental reason for which Jesus is centered...

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Believe in Heaven

Tags: christology, Compassion, gospel, heaven, Historical Jesus, homilies, jesus, pagola, solidarity

BELIEVE IN HEAVEN On this Christian feast of All Saints, I wish to clarify how I understand and try to live some aspects of my faith in eternal life. Whoever knows and follows Jesus Christ will understand me.    For me to believe in heaven is to refuse to accept that the life of all and each one of us is only a small parenthesis between two immense voids. Founded on Jesus, I perceive, sense, desire, and believe that God is leading the desire for life, for justice and for peace built into creation and into the heart of humanity...

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