A Revolution of Compassion

By Henrita Frost, SSND

As I read these words by Dorothy Day, my immediate response was – a revolution of the heart, a revolution of compassion.  During the many times that I have meditated and reflected on compassion, I have hesitated to use the word ‘revolution’ because of its violent history.  Recently, I listened to Pope Francis’ TED talk about “The Future You” during which he expressed the hope for a Revolution of Tenderness.  Immediately, I started uttering additional revolution hopes for our times – a revolution of compassion, of love.  Perhaps the thought of a revolution is taking on a contemporary meaning for our historical times – a nonviolent revolution.

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Valentine’s Day

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Every year on Valentine’s Day I celebrate an anniversary of compassion.  I take time to rest in the gift of life, of a beating heart, as I remember a moment when the beating heart could have stopped, shut down.  At a former place of ministry, an angry guest slashed my right cheek with a blade.  This terrifying event brought me a gift of compassion that I always remember.  When the ambulance attendant asked me to lie down, I replied I can’t.  He embraced me and held me all the way to the hospital.  His gift of compassion dulled the fear that was alive within me.  The thirty-second anniversary of that embrace continues to inspire my compassion.

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Chaos: Ever Present

By Henrita Frost, SSND

About a year ago, I wrote a Post “Compassionately Approaching Chaos.”  I return to it now with a profound awareness that chaos seems to have become our daily bread, inescapable, challenging and often frightening in the context of our nation and the global community.  We are one with the global community and as individuals, groups and as a nation we influence the stability of the world concerning the choices we make regarding a culture of life and/or a culture of death.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Henrita Frost, SSND

The time is now!  We are the ones!  To be Human Rights Warriors!

On December 10, 2017, let us join with people around the world to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all women and men everywhere in the world are entitled.

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A Golden Light

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Many years ago, in a distant land, I had the opportunity to be present at an open heart surgery.  The vision of the surgeon holding the beating heart in his hand is present to me.   Many tubes that connected the heart throughout the body enabled and sustained the heart to be an organ of love and compassion. Like that heart, our hearts beat and beat – giving life – sending life through the body and into the atmosphere.  We can stand solitary anywhere and offer our pulsating heart to wherever it might move.  My yearning is for a boundless heart, open to all to freely enter, no passports or permissions needed.

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October 10, 2017 Is World Homeless Day

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Who really knows how long the problem of homelessness has existed in our global community?  It seems that for centuries countless numbers of our sisters and brothers have experienced homelessness.

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Signaling for Compassion

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Once again a stained glass window in our Mary of the Angels Chapel calls me to deep reflection.  The Center of this yellow window reminds me of signaling for help using flags.  It brings me a memory from World War II, an image on a submarine of a sailor signaling for help.  The center of the yellow window portrays that the signal continues to be sent until there is a response.   The response is symbolized by what I like to think is a heart-filled circle and then the flag signals back, help is coming.  Perhaps as a child I created this event, but it has stayed with me.

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Innate Goodness

By Henrita Frost, SSND

Since the beginning of the tropical storm Harvey, the intrinsic goodness of the human heart has exploded and its compassion is emanating.  The innate goodness of the heart is embracing all of creation.  It is not discriminating between human beings of all colors, abilities, status – we are equal and inclusive of all of creation.  Perhaps you saw the animals, including a delightful pet pig, being rescued.  The message is, all are welcome and worthy of presence in our Universe!  We are one!  The human heart knows its mission of love and compassion for all.

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