Compassion. We are in the midst of our staff retreats, in which staff step away from their roles for an hour (not all at once – in scheduled sets ) to recharge around our value of compassion. Sister Valerie Sweeney, Director of Mission and Ministry, facilitated the retreat and activities; some residents and staff shared examples of how they’ve been shown compassion via a brief video. To close the retreat, residents participated by distributing blessed charms of the Holy Spirit to staff members.
What are some examples of how you have shown or been shown compassion?
When we think of mercy, we should be thinking first and foremost of a bond, an infallible link of love that holds the created and uncreated realms together. The mercy of God does not come and go, granted to some and refused to others. Why? Because it is unconditional—always there, underlying everything. It is literally the force that holds everything in existence, the gravitational field in which “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Just like that little fish swimming desperately in search of water, we, too “swim in mercy as in an endless sea.” Mercy is God’s innermost being turned outward to sustain the visible and created world in unbreakable love.