What is Compassion?
The answer becomes clear when we look at the word compassion, which literally means come (‘with’) passion (‘suffering’).
To have compassion is to suffer with.
It’s not feeling a detached pity but sharing the pain. Moving towards the compassionate experience makes us available with empathy to another.
Once divine compassion wakes up and stretches out its tender arms inside us, we’re never the same again.
We’re compelled to suffer with, wait with, cry with those around us. We want to relieve their as much as we’re able.
And by relieving theirs, we relieve God’s. We do it for no reason except that compassion asks it.
- Sue Monk Kidd, "The Heart That Waits"