Category Archives: Compassion

The kiss of understanding

The great pianist Paderewski once went to hear a friend’s daughter give a piano recital. But when the little girl saw the great man in the audience, she got stage fright, forgot her piece and broke down in tears. At … Continue reading

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No one laughed at her anymore

Children can often be cruel to another child who is different, and sometimes they can be wonderful too. A teacher told about having a girl in her class who had special needs. One day she overheard some of the boys … Continue reading

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The magical mustard seed

There’s an old Chinese story about a woman whose only son had died. She went to a holy man and asked him for something that would bring her son back. But instead, the wise old man told her to bring … Continue reading

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Life, hope and God come to us in the form of people.

A teacher, whose job was to visit children in a city hospital, was assigned to a boy who had been badly burned. The child was in so much pain that he barely responded, and the teacher felt ashamed at putting … Continue reading

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Reflect on the ‘Maggies’

Hidden away in a Dublin park is a bench with a plaque that says: ‘To the women who worked in the Magdalen laundry institutions — reflect here upon their lives.’ The Magdalen laundries, named after Mary Magdalene, belonged to an … Continue reading

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Kennedy and God

When the late President Kennedy’s son Patrick, suffering from a lung ailment, was fighting for his life, his father went to see him in a part of the hospital specially cleared of all visitors. On his way there he passed … Continue reading

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Clothed with kindness

Researchers from the University of Utah found there’s a price to pay when couples don’t get along. They found that women who buried anger were more likely to succumb to heart disease than wives who were vocal, and that women … Continue reading

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It helps when you carry someone with you

There’s a story about a tribe of Red Indians who lived alongside a dangerous river and got attacked by a hostile group of settlers. They found themselves outnumbered and with their backs against the river. Their only chance for escape … Continue reading

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Virtue is not a commodity

There’s a story about a wealthy man who gave his minister a cheque for fifty thousand dollars made out to the church. The minister, however, handed it back and said: ‘Go and cash it in for five dollar bills and … Continue reading

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It’s not enough just to observe

Some years ago Photojournalist Kevin Carter won a Pulitzer Prize with a picture of a starving Sudanese child crawling toward a feeding center while a vulture stared at him. That image drew international attention to both Sudan’s suffering and to … Continue reading

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