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THEOSIS

Nº2 - JULY 2019


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T R A N S F O R M A T I O N
Where Your Journey Becomes Deeper

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COMPASSION:
A PASSION WITH A HEART

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Online Monthly Magazne onBible, Psychology, and Spirituality

Compassion:
One of the Pillars
of Biblical Faith

Compassion
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Educating Children
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About Theosis
Transformation

Theosis — Transformation is an edu-


cational resource focused on the dia-
logue between the Bible (Old and New
Testament), Spirituality, and Psychol-
ogy. Its goal is to gather high quality
resources from the Internet in a sin-
gle repository within its pages and to
make them available to its readers. In
so doing, Theosis seeks to encourage
an integral form of Christ-Centered
spirituality within the Catholic faith
tradition; promote a holistic approach
toward human beings and creation;
and, foster growth in faith in Jesus the
Christ. Such spirituality, far from be-
ing disconnected from our daily lives,
and through the prompts of the Holy
Spirit that we have received from the
Father and that dwells in us (Romans
8:9) can actually sustain our process
of transformation into the image and
likeness of the Son, Jesus the Christ,
whose life, death and resurrection are
meant to give us fullness of life and re-
veal the essence of our journey toward

well-being: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).
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A kind gesture can reach
a wound that only COMPASSION
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The purpose
of human life is to serve,
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to show compassion and


the will to help others.
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INTRODUCTION

About Theosis — Transformation.

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CHOICE OF THE MONTH

Our Four Featured Articles.

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BIBLE

Compassion: One of the Pillars of Biblical Faith

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Mother Teresa, the Bowl of Rice and the Hindu Woman

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Compassion Defined

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Compassionate Mind and Healthy Body

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Created for Compassion

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

The Natural Flow of compassion

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Six Habits of Highly Compassionate People

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Definition of Self-Compassion
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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Quiz: We Are the World. Do You Feel an Affinity for All Humankind?

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PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY

Compassion can be trained

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PSYCHOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY

Our Children, Compassion, and the Process of Growth

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Featured Articles

ISSUE No 2 — JULY 2019


Issue number 1 of Theosis—Transformation focuses on the topic of Forgiveness.

Compassion: One of the Pillars Compassionate Mind and


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of Biblical Faith Healthy Body


Biblical Spirituality Psychology & Spirituality
A concise journey through the richness of Compassion is one of the factors that contrib-
Scripture to explore why compassion is one utes to our well-being and that of others. In-
of the pillars of biblical faith, and one of the deed, compassion is a way of responding to
main traits characterizing God, Jesus and a someone else’s pain and suffering. Such a re-
committed Christian life. sponse translates into action, our natural “po-
tential” ability to do good.
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Six Habits of Highly Our Children, Compassion and


Compassionate People the Process of Growth
Psychology & Spirituality Psychology & Spirituality
Developing an attitude of compassion to- You do not have to succumb to your past hurts
wards oneself, others and creation is not and anger. You can learn to practice forgive-
an action done once and for all. It is rather ness. Renowned author and director of the
a life-long process. To use a metaphor tak- Stanford University Forgiveness Project, Dr.
en from the world of sport, it is more like a Fred Luskin, presents the nine main steps
marathon than a sprint race. structuring the healing process of forgiveness.
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Section # 1

Bible
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Compassion:
One of the Pillars of Biblical Faith

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he theme of compassion takes us to the heart of biblical faith.
Compassion comes from a compound Latin word that means “to
suffer with”. The Greek root literally means “entrails” or “bowels”.

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oth the verb “to be filled with compassion”, or “to have compassion”,
and the noun “compassion” are often associated with the term “mercy”
or with the verb “to have mercy”. Mercy, Rahamim in Biblical Hebrew,
comes from the same root as the word “womb”. It evokes the maternal womb,
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where life begins and flourishes. Both compassion and mercy make use

therefore of very corporeal


language to illustrate the
potential depth of our
involvement when, and in,
suffering with those who are
suffering.

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ompassion, along with mercy,
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has always been at the center


of the experience of God of
which the Bible is a witness. From
a theological point of view, the
Bible attributes compassion above
all to God himself: Adonai sees the
suffering of the people and intervenes
on their behalf (Exodus 2.23-25; 3.7-
8). When Moses asks Adonai about
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the divine name, God answers by
Fr. Flavio Gillio, m.s. presenting himself as compassionate
and merciful. Compassion and
Dr. Sally Riconscente
mercy are not accidental: they
Christine Rubinstein constitute God’s very nature and
essence, his first heartbeat from all
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eternity, as witnessed by the prophets


and the Psalms among others.

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n New Testament Greek, the verb parables, as, for example, the parable
“to be filled with compassion”, or of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) or that
“to have compassion” translates of the Father of the Prodigal (Luke 15).
the Greek word splanghizomai. This Let us look at the parable of the Good
word appears only eleven times Samaritan in Luke 10. There, we can
and always in relation to Jesus. It is learn a great deal about compassion.
used only in the Gospels of Matthew, First: compassion has nothing to do
Mark and Luke and nowhere else with our social or religious status.
in the New Testament. With good The contrast between the behavior of

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reason, therefore, we could say that the Priest and Levite on the one hand,
“compassion” is one of those traits and that of the Samaritan on the other
that exemplifies all of Jesus’ ministry. hand is striking. Second: there is a
Such a peculiar use of the Greek way of being “religious” and “devout”
verb splanghizomai allows us to that, rather than leading us to mimic
state the Jesus of Nazareth is actually divine compassion, lead us to harden
the narration and personification our hearts. Third: compassion flows
of the compassion of the Father. from our way of approaching the
Indeed, in perfect coherence with world and those around us. On the
the Old Testament, Jesus mirrors the surface, all three characters saw a
compassion that Adonai has shown beaten body on the road, but at a
many times towards his people: deeper level, what did the Samaritan
he suffers with their sufferings, he see that was different from the

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shares their burdens and hardships. Priest and the Levite? At the sight of
He perfectly embodies Isaiah’s tenet the man on the road, the Samaritan
addressed to Adonai as Emmanuel, experienced an inner upheaval
that is, “with us is God.” This is what before the suffering of that stranger
we find, for example, when reading who soon became his “brother”.
of Jesus’ encounters with the leper Indeed, compassion is a fundamental
(Mark 1.41), with the widow who lost form of encounter with the other.
her son (Luke 7.13), with the two blind Fourth: compassion is not limited to
men of Jericho (Matthew 20.34), or the realms of feelings and emotions
with the crowds (Matthew 9:36; 15:2). that impose themselves on the
human heart, even if these are good.

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ven though the Gospels speak Compassion is the result of a choice.
about compassion, they never The other’s brokenness stands before
provide us with a definition. us as a call to “response-ability”; that
Rather, they illustrate what is, the situation of brokenness awaits
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compassion is all about and what it our ability to respond. Compassion


means to be “moved to compassion” is responding with a radical “no” to
or “to feel compassion” by turning to

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indifference in the face of evil, pain, brokenness. Compassion thus breaks the
isolation of the one who is suffering, the one feeling hopeless and helpless,
locked up in pain. Precisely when someone cannot be an instrument of any great
interest, such as the half dead man of the parable, compassion comes onto the
scene to recognize him/her as brother/sister. True compassion leads to action
(ethical behavior) aimed at alleviating the other’s suffering. Compassion is the
language of the whole body which requires gestures, words, and therefore
personal presence.Fifth: compassion cannot be planned because it is all about
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responding to someone else’s pain and suffering: when we see it; when we
encounter it. Sixth: compassion is restorative and reconciling, in the sense
that it restores life where life was previously broken or lacking. Seventh:
compassion is life-giving. Centuries ago, Augustine of Hippo wrote a profound
insight regarding this matter. He wrote: “I don’t know how it happens
that when one member suffers, his pain becomes lighter if the other limbs
suffer with him. And the alleviation of pain does not derive from a common
distribution of the same evils, but from the consolation found in the charity of
others” (Augustine of Hippo). Compassion is life-giving for both the agent and
the beneficiary of compassion, because in compassion there is the revelation
of something that is both profoundly human and authentically divine.

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oving on in the New Testament to the Letters of St. Paul, it is
not difficult to notice that Paul, the “Apostle of the Gentiles”, in
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coherence with both the Old Testament and the Gospels, maintains
and reaffirms the importance and relevance of compassion as a structuring
component of the first Christian communities. In his view, compassion
remains one of those elements that identifies a community as a “Christian
community”; one of those pillars that distinguishes Christian communities
from other types of community life. From Paul we learn that compassion -
that is, the ability to suffer with our suffering brothers or sisters - is much
more than a pious sentiment. Such an ability flows out of and depends upon a
progressive, transforming journeying into the image and likeness of Christ. It
is, as St. Paul writes just before the very well-known hymn to the Philippians
(Philippians 2:6-11), the result of an ongoing metanoia (conversion, with the
meaning of renewing one’s mind): it leads us to perceive the world, others,
ourselves, and creation as Jesus would. In other words, to use Paul’s language,
compassion fosters within us the same feelings that belonged to Jesus the
Christ, making us able to love each other “with a true heart” as he did us.
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ourneying through the Scriptures, compassion, becomes and translates
Old and New Testament, we notice into listening, closeness, and action,
that compassion is described as all essential ingredients of the quest
a strong and pragmatic feeling; a for human flourishing and well-being.
deep emotional, psychological and

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spiritual movement of “suffering opefully, the present issue of
with the suffering”, leading us to take Theosis – Transformation, will
action for the sake of the suffering help you to dig deeper into

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one(s). From a faith perspective, we compassion, to understand better
are called to mimic and embody, in how to nurture a compassionate way
our concrete and daily way of living, of journeying through life, and to
Jesus’ own compassion and mercy see clearer how compassion, human
which reflect our Father’s mercy flourishing and well-being are all
and compassion. The parable of the related one to another. Enjoy our July
unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:21- issue of Theosis – Transformation!
35) reminds us that we have a choice.
In encountering suffering and
brokenness, we have a “response-
ability”: an ability to choose to be like
the merciful master or to be like the
merciless servant. We can choose to
be actively involved in healing those

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broken areas still present in our world
or not. Ultimately, we can choose to be
simply Jesus’ fans, or Jesus’ disciples.
Inspired by the biblical pages, our
theological and spiritual tradition
reminds us that compassion, together
with mercy, speak not only of God,
but also present anthropological,
ecclesial and catechetical questions.
In fact, compassion and mercy
remind us that each of us is called
to reflect the divine compassion and
mercy lived and made tangible by
Jesus of Nazareth. They remind us to
pay greater attention to God and to
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the lives of men and women around


us; attention that, animated by

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“COMPASSION is to look
beyond your own pain
to see the pain of others.”
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Mother Teresa, the Bowl of Rice and


the Hindu Woman

“The most powerful force in the world that can change the
lives of millions of people is COMPASSION”
— Steven Aitchison —

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e open this series of articles


on compassion by sharing
with our readers a story
once told by St. Mother Teresa of
Calcutta. The story is a true one,
based on her experience. A simple
and succinct one, but able to show
the “fullness of life” that compassion
is able to generate as much in the
one who is the subject or agent of
compassion, as in those who are the
object or recipients of compassion.
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“The fruit of love is service,


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which is COMPASSION in action”


— Mother Teresa —

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Why Does Forgiveness Matter?
The Personal & Collective Value of Forgiveness

“Act as if what you do


makes a difference. It does.”

— William James —

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ne night, a man came to our with her neighbors the little I had
house to tell me that a Hindu taken her. In order not to take away
family, a family of eight her happiness, I did not take her
children, had not eaten anything any more rice that night. I took
for days. They had nothing to eat. her some more the following day.

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took enough rice for a meal and
went to their house. I could see the
hungry faces, the children with
their bulging eyes. The sight could
not have been more dramatic! The
mother took the rice from my hands,
divided it in half and went out. When

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she came back a little later, I asked
her: “Where did you go? What did
you do? She answered, “They are also
hungry. “They” were the people next
door, a Muslim family with the same
number of children to feed and who
did not have any food either. That
mother was aware of the situation.
She had the courage and the love to
share her meager portion of rice with
others. In spite of her circumstances,
I think she felt very happy to share

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do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”


— Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

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“COMPASSION is a verb.”

— Nhat Hanh —
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Compassion
Defined

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hat, after all, is compassion? Are there some beneficial effects
related to the exercise of compassion? In other words, what
has compassion to do with our own well-being? Can we train
ourselves to be more compassionate, or is compassion, so to speak,
determined by our character, personal family history, or genetics?

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hese are the relevant questions the article “Compassion Defined”
attempts to answer, providing an essential introduction to what

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compassion is all about. This article will enable you to have a
clearer definition of compassion, purged from some of the most common
misunderstandings that equate compassion with empathy or altruism. You
will become more aware of the benefits that come from the practice of
compassion, and its direct relationship with the pursuit of your own and
others’ well-being. And finally, you will also learn how to train yourselves
to be more compassionate. Indeed, as more recent studies have shown,
compassion is not determined by contingent and external factors such
as birth, character, personal family history, or genetics. We are not born
compassionate, but compassion can gradually grow and become a habitual
attitude that shapes the way we relate to the world, others and ourselves.

SOURCE: “Compassion Defined”, Greater Good Magazine. Science-Based

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Insights for a Meaningful Life. Read the full article here.

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Compassionate Mind and


Healthy Body

C
ompassion is one of the factors that contributes to our well-being and
that of others. Indeed, compassion is a way of responding to someone
else’s pain and suffering. Such a response translates into action, our
natural “potential” ability to do good. Indeed, compassion implies a positive
and optimistic anthropological pre-understanding: that we as human beings
are wired to perform good deeds; are wired for connectedness and life-giving
relations with other persons of course, but also with creation, ourselves, and
God. Within this framework, compassion obviously plays a major role in
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our own and others’ pursuit of human flourishing. As research has found,
compassion has significant impact on our physical, psychological, emotional,
spiritual and social health. Compassion boosts our well-being. It fosters,
nurtures and supports our well-being.

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ead the article “Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body” to further
understand the benefits that flow from a compassionate way of living.
The author is the Associate Director of the Center for Compassion and
Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

SOURCE: Seppala, Emma. “Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body.” Greater Good


Magazine. Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life. Read the full article
here.
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Created for
Compassion

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re humans selfish? Is compassion a misguided sentiment? Does true
compassion even exist? Follow Dacher Keltner as he overviews current
research that reveals a biological basis for compassion. Discover how
our brains are attuned to our offspring, the first objects of our compassion.
Delve more deeply into other biological bases for compassion that include
the autonomic nervous system and the hormones that course through our
bloodstreams. Expand your awareness of a particular facial expression of
compassion that is recognized even by children. Review prior research findings

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that have raised the universal importance of touch. With all of this research as
a foundation for his premise that we do, indeed, have a compassionate instinct,
Dacher Keltner sets out to connect compassion and altruism and to point to
cultivation training that can guide us toward fostering a more compassionate
world.

SOURCES: Keltner, Dacher. “The Compassionate Instinct.” Greater Good


Magazine. Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life. Read the full article
here. Seppala, Emma. “Compassion: Our First Instinct.” Psychology Today.
Read the full article here.

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The Natural Flow of


Compassion

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ave you ever experienced a friend confiding in you about a sad
moment in life? Or, have you seen a tragic event on the media and feel
an immediate inner tug to help? According to Dr. Rick Hanson, such
moments of compassion occur in the flow of our daily lives. Whether toward
an individual or groups of people, compassion comes naturally and without
force, prompting us to act to alleviate suffering. How can we become more
attuned to our inner experiences of compassion? Read on for Dr. Hanson’s
many suggestions as to how we can call forth compassion each day.
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SOURCE: Hanson, Rick. “The Natural Flow of Compassion: Compassion is


natural - moments of compassion come in the flow of life.” Psychology Today.
Read the full article here.
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“We are each made for goodness, love and COMPASSION.


Our lives are transformed as much as the world is
when we live with these truths.”
— Desmond Tutu —
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Six Habits of Highly
Compasssionate People

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eveloping an attitude of compassion towards oneself, others and
creation is not an action done once and for all. It is rather a life-long
process.To use a metaphor taken from the world of sport, it is more like
a marathon than a sprint race. During this process, we have the opportunity to
choose: to strengthen or weaken our ability to go through life as compassionate
men and women. But how can we know on which of these two paths are we
currently walking? Read the article written by Hooria Jazaieri to discover
some of the traits shared by highly compassionate people.

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t the time of the article, Hooria Jazaieri was a research fellow at the
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She was
studying the role of social cognitive constructs (e.g., reputation, team
chemistry) and positive affect (e.g., compassion, joy, gratitude) upon individual
and team performance.

SOURCE: Jazaieri, Hooria. “Six Habits of Highly Compassionate People.”


Greater Good Magazine. Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life. Read the
full article here.

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Definition of
Self-Compassion
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A
n important facet of compassion is our own compassion for
ourselves. Indeed, Jesus enjoined us to ‘love your neighbor as
yourself.’ So, how do we cultivate this healthy and whole dimension
of love toward ourselves? Dr. Kristin Neff studied this topic in depth
during her post-doctoral work. Many of her scientific findings, which
emerged from her initial study of Buddhism, can be appropriated by
us as we strive for a Christ-centered approach to human flourishing.

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e might question the potential of falling into self-pity and self-


indulgence while focusing on the self, but Dr. Neff makes
distinctions between these ego-centered pitfalls and true self-
compassion. She also calls us to embrace our shared human experience
as we lift ourselves from isolation and recognize our common humanity.

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inally, she offers us tips for cultivating this new way of relating
to ourselves. Her suggestions can easily be woven into
our Christian prayer and meditative reflections as we
seek God’s grace to see ourselves as He sees us and regard ourselves
with the healthy self-love that Jesus so clearly invited us to embrace.

SOURCE: Neff, Kristin. “Definition of Self-Compassion.” Self-Compassion. Read


the full article here.
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Quiz: We Are the World.
Do You Feel an Affinity for All Humankind?

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he assumption that compassion has direct social repercussions because it
strengthens ties with other human beings has two logical consequences.
First: it means that the more compassionate we are as men and women,
the more we also live in solidarity with the world. Second: our solidarity with
the world evidences the degree of compassion that is present in our existence.

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re you curious to find out if a You can take the quiz here.
compassionate way of living
is actually and effectively

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inspiring your journey through life?
The following resource gives you
the opportunity to do just that - a
test written by Lauren F. Friedman.

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Compassion
Can Be Trained

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ith a raised awareness It’s kind of like weight training,”
of our innate instinct says Helen Weng, the lead author
for compassion and the of a benchmark study revealing
many dimensions of our lives that the effectiveness of specific training
are affected by this significant to cultivate compassion in adults.
quality, we might ask, “How do I Read about the fascinating results
become more compassionate?” after just seven hours of training.
as we ponder the significance of While just one type of meditation was
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the reach of our compassionate studied, other forms of meditation


gestures in the course of a day. could be researched in future studies
Scientific evidence points to the and potentially proven as effective.
conclusion that, indeed, compassion
can be trained and cultivated. SOURCE: Bergland, Christopher.
“Compassion Can Be Trained.”
Psychology Today. Read the full article
here.
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“Compassion is the
chief law of human
existence.”

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FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

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Our Children, Compassion, and


the Process of Growth

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o you want your children or grandchildren to be - one day not so far
away - sensitive and receptive to the needs of others, and motivated
to do good? In today’s cultural context, educating children to be
compassionate can be a difficult challenge. Indeed, our current culture, rather
than promoting and encouraging those values implied in and flowing from
“compassion”, seems to favor a self-centered worldview. Such a worldview
causes us to believe that both human flourishing and the achievement and
maintenance of our well-being depend upon the presence or absence of
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immediate personal pleasure, wealth, popularity or possession of goods.


Effectively educating the young generation to be tomorrow’s men and women of
compassion requires not only inspiring role models, but also the ability to offer
them an inductive, experiential and cognitive educational process that will be
able to: - help children develop an intellectual understanding of compassion;

- illustrate the beneficial effects that a compassionate way of living brings into
their own and others’ lives;

- offer adequate resources related to compassion;


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“Compassion is the key to living outside the


confines of your lower self.”

— DEBBIE FORD —
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- create/offer appropriate spaces
and opportunities to let the young
generation experience and practice
compassion through various kinds of
activities.

These, in a nutshell, are the


“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize
that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for

suggestions that the three selected

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articles propose in order to offer
our children or grandchildren an
educational process that actually
leads to developing compassion as
an integral part of their lives from
an early age, so that compassion can
actually become woven into the fabric
of their family and ordinary life.

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goodness, and for compassion.”

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fostering a compassionate attitude
and approach to life in your children
or grandchildren.

SOURCES: Taylor, Jim. “5 Ways to


Instill Compassion in Your Children.”
Psychology Today. Read the full article
here.
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Taylor, Jim. “Is Compassion Children’s


Most Admirable Quality?” Psychology
Today. Read the full article here.

Whitson, Signe. “Teaching


Compassion to Kids.” Psychology
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“Self-compassion is simply giving the same


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In each edition of the magazine, THEOSIS - Transformation


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Such resources will be related to the theme of that particular edition.

Web Books Videos

Catholic Extension: Humanity and

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The Center for Compassion and Dead Man Walking: The
Altruism Research and Education. Eyewitness Account of The Death Compassion of the Catholic Church
Stanford Medicine. Penalty. The Eyewitness Account Cathextension. Watch the video
Visit the Website Homepage. of the Death Penalty that Sparked here.
a National Debate. By (Sr.) Helen
Association for Psychological Prejean. Foreword by Archbishop Stories of Kinship and Compassion.
Science. Visit the Website Desmond Tutu. Reed a sample for Gregory Boyle. Watch the video
Homepage. free here. here.

The Neuroscience of Compassion.


Tania Singer. Watch the video here.

FOR CHILDREN
Singa and the Kindness Cubbies
(Ep 3) - Compassion. KindnessSG.
Watch the video here.

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Character education: Compassion.
Universidad de Navarra. Watch the
video here.

Showing Compassion. Wesley’s


Wuppets . Watch the video here.

The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-


37).
Saddleback Kids. Watch the video
here.
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