2015.09.15: compassion

{Simeon said to Mary}, “and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” – Lk 2:35

only when we walk a mile
in someone else’s shoes

only when we can identify
with their condition

only when we are pierced
by the same sword

only when we can feel as our own
the pain of their suffering

only then can we understand
the thoughts of their hearts

compassion: shared suffering; from Latin com + passio meaning suffers with

2015.08.18: signs

Gideon answered him, “If I find favor with you, give me a sign that you are speaking with me.” Jgs 6:17

Then Peter said to him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed you.
What will there be for us?” – Mt 19:27

oh you of little faith


why must you always ask
for outward signs

be still
know that I am
with you always

if you must have a sign
look inward

the river of compassion
rising in you

it is the water of salvation
flowing from the Temple

I will remain with you
till the end