“Joy is hidden in compassion. The word compassion literally means “to suffer with.” It seems quite unlikely that suffering with another person would bring joy. Yet being with a person in pain, offering simple presence to someone in despair, sharing with a friend times of confusion and uncertainty … such experiences can bring us deep joy. Not happiness, not excitement, not great satisfaction, but the quiet joy of being there for someone else and living in deep solidarity with our brothers and sisters in this human family. Often this is a solidarity in weakness, in brokenness, in woundedness, but it leads us to the center of joy, which is sharing our humanity with others”


2 thoughts on “Joy…”

  1. Thanks, Rowena. To be honest, I did some pondering when I first saw the quote the other day on the Charter for Compassion FB page. But then I realized how very true it was that compassion is sharing our humanity (& humans) with others.

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  2. I hadn’t thought about the connection between joy and compassion. Very interesting. Helping others is considered to help people overcome depression and hardship. aaGreat quote xx Rowena

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