Compassion Is . . .

Happy Friday, All!

Once again, it is necessary to T.G.I.F.!

So much going on this weekend, especially Black History Month events and The Super Bowl … as if that is not enough, right?! Through all of the activities and entertainment here Stateside, I often brush away the glitz and the glamour to maintain the core of spirituality.

Yesterday’s news shocked me with a story of a man who had beaten his 4-month baby so badly that the infant remains on life support just to keep it alive. The mother of the infant simply said that she is not ready to let her near new born child go yet. What would make a so-called man do something like that? Why would a woman marry a man with that kind of potential or lack of humanity? I am sure it is still true but humans often want to mate with someone that they don’t really know or with whom they are not really compatible.

As the Republican candidates continue to battle each other with words like Roman gladiators, they also continue to speak so much negativity about the President of the United States of America – Mr. Barack Obama. I recall the words my father often told me to teach us not to gossip: “Boy, if you can’t say something nice about someone else, just keep your mouth shut!” Unfortunately, with freedom of speech, the lack of respect for the President and just about anything or anyone else is at an all time high ….

“Compassion is . . . a spirituality and a way of living and walking through life. It is the way we treat all there is in life – ourselves, our bodies, our imaginations and dreams, our neighbors, our enemies . . . . Compassion is a spirituality as if creation mattered. It is treating all creation as holy and as divine . . . which is what it is.”         – Matthew Fox

Today, I will be compassionate toward each of the details of creation, and practice acceptance both within and outside myself. ( TOUCHSTONES February 3rd)

Have a great weekend!

Peace … and compassion.

John I. Cook, Director

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