Compassion fatigue

No, it's not Thursday, but you need to know that Julia needs every prayer you can send, every day for as long as it takes until she is well.

Mass ended with these words this morning. I send them to you, Julia, with my love. Keep fighting!

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

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My church ended a multi-month speaker series today with Father Ron Rolheiser. I'm glad I went - it was good for my soul. He talked about "compassion fatigue," the exhaustion that comes from working toward what we know is just but making no headway.

His message was simple: We'll spin our wheels until, like Christ, we are able to wash each other's feet. Pick your issue, pick your enemy, and think about whether you have the humility to wash that person's feet. Think about the ways we label ourselves: liberal and conservative, pro choice and pro life, Democratic and Republican, and more.

How do you label yourself? How do you label those opposite you? Can you reach across what divides you to "wash each other's feet?"

Resolving and solving the issues that divide will elude us until we are able to approach those on the opposite side without anger, and with hearts genuinely trying to cross the divide. I know I have a long way to go.


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