Day 8 + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

Beloveds of God,
May these words be in your heart today:
You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding.
You are peace and joy and light.
You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage,
a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow,
a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion.
You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth;
the greatest peace and the grandest love.
You are these things. And in moments of your life
you have known yourself as these things.
Choose now to know yourself as these things always.

~ Neale Donald Walsch

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The Spirituality of Compassion

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I was deeply awakened to the spirituality of compassion back in high school when we were required to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Up until then I pretty much believed that the Law is the Law and if broken
one should be punished. But reading the book I realized there are so many circumstances in which desperate people succumb to breaking the law. . . like Jean Valjean . . . stealing a loaf of bread for his hungry family.

And who can forget the first time they ever read the incident of the Bishop’s candlesticks? We are moved by the mercy that shines through
even this blatant crime that initiated a total transformation in Valjean.

When I am truly honest, I see that again and again I flounder and fail and fall short in so many ways. But God, in his great mercy shows compassion, kindness, steadfast love and forgiveness . . . ALWAYS!
And that is the Grace by which I live . . . and that moves me to share that compassion with others. Thanks be to God!
+ Anna Lin
For further reflection, here is a link to a commentary on this story.
(Note that it includes an audio version at the end of the post)

The Bishop with the Candlesticks

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Whatever Is True . . . Think On These Things

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Truth is an explosion of insight, despite whatever tears we cry. It’s the realization that love will prevail because only love is real; that anything not love is an illusion that will pass; that you and everyone else are innocent in God’s eyes; that forgiveness is always the answer; that what is reconciled in our hearts invokes new beginnings in our lives; that underneath our conflicts all of us are one; that life is eternal and that no one and nothing, not even death itself, can put asunder whom God hath brought together; that miracles are natural and love works miracles. That God goes with us wherever we go because God is in our mind. Today, let’s choose what thoughts we think, so forgiveness can happen, miracles can bless us, and laughter and love can return and stay. Forever and ever. Amen
~ Marianne Williamson