Compassion is viscerally feeling empathy in all feeling states. (Although compassion has been commonly defined as “to suffer with,” passion comes from the Latin word that means, “to feel,” and the prefix “com” means “with.”)
In Meeting Jesus Again For The First Time, Marcus J. Borg, former Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University writes, “For Jesus, compassion was the central quality of God and the central moral quality of a life centered in God.”
But, as Parker Palmer world-renowned author and educator writes in To Know as We Are Known, “From our educated people platform we observe, analyze and assess, for that is how we have been taught to know. This means that virtues like compassion are educated away.”
What have your experiences with compassion meant in your life and why is it important?
How does Professor Borg’s statement inform and/or reform your spiritual and religious thinking?
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