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The outcry of the poor. November 29, 2013

Posted by ourfriendben in Reiki, Reiki wisdom.
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Oh, mercy. Pope Francis recently released a document called “Evangelii Gaudium,” which translates as “The Joy of the Gospel.” But contained within it was one of the strongest, and frankest, condemnations of our modern society that I have ever read. There is no joy to be found here, but a real wake-up call for those of us who try to live a compassionate life, as Usui Founder did:

“Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”

If you’re an empath like me, you do weep for other people’s pain, which more often than not is an embarrassment in today’s indifferent society. But there is a huge leap from being acutely conscious of others’ pain and doing something about it.

I received the most wonderful Christmas card of my life yesterday when my Aunt Betty sent a note saying that she would no longer be giving holiday presents, but instead would be contributing to Meals on Wheels and Feeding America. Those of us who follow the Reiki Way would do well to follow her example.

Just for today, be kind.

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1. Huma - November 30, 2013

I really like Pope Francis—perhaps he was a political choice since he is obviously creating a better picture of the RCC after all the malaise, his outspokenness notwithstanding. I particularly liked his telling a young mother to cover the head of her baby for protection against the sun when she held the child up to be kissed by the pope.

Well, he was the runner-up to Pope Benedict in the last papal election, so he’s clearly been well thought of for a long time. But apparently it was his strong call for reform of the Curia, the Vatican’s governing body, and the Vatican Bank, both widely considered to be corrupt, that caused him to be elected this time, when he wasn’t really considered a contender anymore because of his age. I’m glad the cardinal-electors saw beyond that obstacle. He really does seem genuinely compassionate; I just read that when he was in Buenos Aires, he would often sneak out of his apartment at night to sit on the sidewalks and share bread with the poor. (“Sneak” so as not to be followed by the press and have his actions publicized to his own benefit.)

2. Huma - December 1, 2013

aww he really is quite nice! though I still think it was political—since he is “compassionate” and will not molest children.

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