Harvest the gift of compassion

Compassion is the basis of morality.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Story: Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. She taught in India for seventeen years before she received the call to dedicate her life to caring for the sick and indigent. The Missionaries of Charity established a hospice as well as homes for the blind, aged, and disabled. They also set up a leper colony.
Mother Teresa was of Albanian descent. Her father was an entrepreneur who supported his family by trading medicines and other goods.
The poor man died in 1919, possibly from poisoning perpetrated by political enemies. Her mother, Drana Bojaxhiu, opened her home to the city’s destitute to dine with the family. “My child, never eat a single mouthful unless you are sharing it with others,” she counseled her daughter
At age eighteen, she decided to enter the convent. She began her teaching career which culminated in becoming a high school principal.
On September 10th, 1946, she was on a train to Calcutta when she heard the voice of Christ saying, “I want Indian Nuns, Missionaries of Charity, who would be my fire of love amongst the poor, the sick, the dying and the little children,” she heard Christ say to her on the train that day. “You are I know the most incapable person—weak and sinful but just because you are that—I want to use You for My glory. Wilt thou refuse?”
Of course, she obeyed the will of God when she established the Missionaries of Charity.
Moral of the Story:
Mother Theresa did not amass great personal fortune. While she secured ample funds for the order, she did not become independently wealthy. She defined success in terms of compassion, caring, and love.
Consider our oneness. How can we turn down the hungry or the hurting? If we work hard enough we can come up with solutions for all. I don’t know where the answers lie, but I’m sure they can be found,
Compassion and forgiveness go hand in hand. Corrie Ten Boom found it in her heart to forgive those who murdered her family in German concentration camps. Joyce Meyer has forgiven her abusive father. And I have forgiven mine. Truly, the only way to escape suffering is to relinquish old hurts, fears, and transgressions.
All moral actions are taken with the perspective of working for the good of all.
Action Plan:
Set aside anger and live in compassion. Set aside hurts and act out of love. Set aside pain and live from concern.
Practical Application to Your Life:
Do you see yourself as caring? Do you see yourself as unselfish? Set the intention to exist out of concern for yourself and others. Become politically involved. Become a mentor for someone who needs a hand up.
Weekly Take Away:
We have 86,400 minutes in every day. Don’t let any of them go to waste. Set aside time to think, act, and live out of compassion.

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