Beautiful faces are they that wear
The light of a pleasant spirit there;
Beautiful hands are they that do
Deeds that are noble, good and true;
Beautiful feet are they that go
Swiftly to lighten another's woe.
True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the sufferings and joy of others.
Human dignity... can be achieved only in the field of ethics, and ethical achievement is measured by the degree in which our actions are governed by compassion and love, not by greed and aggressiveness.
Arnold J. Toynbee
"Widen Your Hearts"
Paul's phrase, "widen your hearts," is so loose, so non-technical, so undefined, so ... wide open, as to invite—or coerce—some outlay of cogitation on my part. What it means to "widen your heart" I am evidently free to explore without restriction, since I am so unlikely to go too far with it that, as with other virtues Paul names elsewhere, "against such things there is no law" (Galatians 5:23).
I discover there are two ways of seeing my brother. There is the "merely human" way (1 Corinthians 3; 4)—a severe, loveless accuracy. A clinical fixation on the wart on his nose. A covering the sun with one finger, as a Mexican boy once told me. Then there is the "wide" way. It sees possibility; it is full of self-knowledge; it "believes all things, hopes all things" (1 Corinthians 13:7); it regards the other as "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17) and abandons the tired modes of "measuring" and "comparing" (2 Corinthians 10:12). It is the difference between mercy and justice, kindness and shrewdness, remembering one's own reflection in the mirror and forgetting.
Justice And Mercy
Let your love of justice be exceeded only by your love of mercy.
It is in the shelter of each other that people live.
An Irish Proverb
"Do Your Part"
We should all take our share of the burden of pain which lies upon the world."
"Scan The Room"
...when you walk into church on Sunday...Instead of worrying about whether your seat is taken, or if you look good, you scan the room for people who appear to be lonely or miserable...chances are there is someone in your congregation who could use a little random act of love.
"We Need Grace"
We need grace in order to be able to live in such a way as to qualify ourselves to receive grace.
God's Way is gain that works no harm.
Standing in someone's shoes feeling with their heart seeing with their eyes this is empathy It's a fundamental human ability it makes the world a better place it is hard to outsource and hard to automate.
It always comes back to the dignity of the person in front of you
The only time we should look in our neighbor's bowl is to make sure he has enough.