Each day I wonder, do I want to know the news, the latest happenings, in our Global Community? This includes the nation, the United States, where I live. I cannot separate the reflections into them and us. Everything we do individually and/or collectively has the potential to heal or harm our Global Community. We are interconnected and interrelated for we are sisters and brothers, even though the daily news sometimes contradicts that belief.
The Christine Center has chosen to be a member of the Charter for Compassion. Therefore, we are called to be compassionate responders to the suffering of all beings and the earth. Pope Francis reminds us: “Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live and all its people.”
We invite all who come to the Christine Center, to join us as we aspire to be faithful to the call to compassion. Why? Because we are the ones who can make a difference! Yet, we may also know the experience of turning away from the call because of the daily chaos present in the Global Community. Sometimes we need to let go of the global picture and keep our focus on the local picture, remembering the local situations affect the global. The fragile world is always there.
Each day as I pray for the graces that I hope for, I pray for love, compassion and wisdom. I always include wisdom because for me it is the discernment that leads me to compassionate responses. I share this because I believe wisdom will support and enlighten us as we receive compelling calls to compassion. Sometimes we need help to know what our hearts are being called to.
There are many challenges not only to action, but also to reflection within the Charter for Compassion. At this time the embodiment of the Golden Rule in the Charter calls me, for it’s about everyday life, every interaction – “Treat others and the Planet as you would like to be treated.” It is also important to remember that the Golden Rule is integral to all major world religions. Let’s hope that each day we might have the energy to respond to the call to compassion. Remember, particularly on the tired days, to be compassionate to oneself. Also, remembering our Global Community is desperate for a piece of our compassion.
On November 12, 2019 the Charter will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Join us, the World needs your love, compassion and wisdom.