Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

In the fifth grade, we were assigned to present short plays adapted from books we had read.  My best friend asked me to appear in her scene from Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place. Corrie and her family were members of the resistance in Holland during World War...
Love: The Key to Compassion

Love: The Key to Compassion

Love, love, love, love: Christians, this is your call; Love your neighbor as yourself For God loves us all. We sang it in a round and we sang it well, because Sister Janice had us practice it before Mass began.  We sat on the hard metal folding chairs in the...

#1000Speak: Moving from Acceptance to Compassion

When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. ~ Mark 6:34 That’s the last line from yesterday’s Gospel, providing inspiration for me as...

Nature, Nurture, and Compassion

Nature vs. Nurture? It’s a common argument that may never be settled, but one thing I know about me:  it’s my nature to nurture. When I was a teenager, I was crazy about babies.  I mean, who doesn’t love a baby but I could hardly stop thinking about...

#1000 Speak: Bullies on the Bus

When Lorelei was very little, she’d get mad at her big brothers and yell, “Shub up!  Beeg bully!” With four older siblings, it’s not surprising she’d heard the phrase “shut up,” but I’m not sure how she already knew what...
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