A cup of tea and a blanket
Minute Meditations

Nothing to Protect

Sep 20, 2022
Young girl and dog | Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Compassion flourishes when we have nothing to protect and everything to share. It is the gravity of all living beings that binds together all that is weak and limited into a single ocean of love. We have the capacity to heal this earth of its divisions, its wars, its violence, and its hatreds. This capacity is the love within us to suffer with another and to love the other without reward. Love that transcends the ego is love that heals. When we lose ourselves for the sake of love, we shall find ourselves capable of real love. Compassion flows best from a heart open, free, and deeply in love with life. It rises above the individual and yearns for oneness of heart. Compassion knows no other language than the language of love. Let us learn this language and speak it aloud with our hands, our feet, and our eyes, for compassion can birth the new creation.

—from the book Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis
by Ilia Delio, OSF

Compassion by Ilia Delio


Arlene B. Muller
Tue, 09/20/2022 - 08:49 AM
Arlene B. Muller
This is very beautiful theoretically, but although I believe in sharing as much as possible, in a world that is still imperfect and fallen I don't think it is possible or even right to say that we have nothing to protect. Danger unfortunately exists. Germs exists. We must protect ourselves and our families and we must especially protect the lives, safety & health of babies (both unborn & born) & children. Our countries need to share & welcome needy people while still protecting our citizens from attack, from crime, & from threats to our health & safety. To the extent this is possible we should act out of love & compassion & endeavor to share. But until JESUS CHRIST returns & totally reigns in a perfect Kingdom, there will always be some need for protection.
Carol Stephens
Tue, 09/20/2022 - 10:01 AM
Carol Stephens
God bless you, Arlene!
Arlene B. Muller
Fri, 09/23/2022 - 11:51 AM
Arlene B. Muller
Thank you. God bless you, too, Carol!

Add new comment