The Power Of Compassionating
Wednesday, February 28th was our first Lenten Wednesday soup supper and Contemplative Mass. That’s because of the weather the week before. We had 30 people for the soup supper, study on Compassion, and then the Contemplative Mass. It was a beautiful celebration of community, study, and worship.
Angels prostrate before the human soul as within us we carry the breath of God was such a beautiful way of putting who we are and where we belong. When the speaker inspired us to become the hand, the heart and the mind of God, it was refreshing because it brought us the prayer of St. Theresa of Avila closer. We found common ground with the speaker even though he was a Muslim cleric and then we realized we are not far apart from each other at all. We just need to learn to be present, listen and be the compassionating compassionate, the Christ of the moment for the other.
After the contemplative worship a few people came to me and said, “wow, that was powerful.” Someone else said, “we need this more often.” “It is ok not to have hymns in worship.” The fact is we are all searching for some solitude in the midst of all our anxieties, fears and struggles. We are listening for the still voice that tells us gently where to go in life. Prophet Isaiah promises us, “Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left. ” Isaiah 30: 21
To practice compassion, we need to be still and know God within. Next week we will go into a time of Taize Prayer after the study of Compassion. Let us listen to the quiet voice that says, turn to the left or to the right.