It’s easier to act compassionately when coming from a spacious place than from one constrained by fear. Thus it’s possible to prepare for a petulant person, or difficult situation. Deep breathing, imaging the face of the compassionate Christ or God’s eternal embrace, or remembering an act of compassion, can set the stage for a more humane encounter.
Jesus, I imagine you:
touching the eyes of the blind
or ears of the deaf.
I drink in your compassion:
make it my own.
When you see a homeless or annoying person, picture them as a four-year old. Make eye contact and greet them kindly. That recognition of shared humanity may be more valuable than giving money!
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God our Father, we are exceedingly frail and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking. Strengthen our weakness, we beseech you, that we may do valiantly in this spiritual war; help us against our own negligence and cowardice, and defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts; for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.