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Spiritual Gifts: Compassion

The gift of compassion moves people to action on behalf of those in need. Compassion is not a simple caring about others, but such a radical caring that we have no choice but to make sacrifices for others. Those with the gift of compassion rarely ask “Should I help,” but instead focus on how to help. Compassion makes us fundamentally aware of the Christ in others and springs from our desire to care for all of God’s creatures and creation.

Reflection questions:

● How do you live your gift of compassion at home, at work, in relationships with friends?

● What other gifts best complement compassion, and enable you to increase the value and impact of your gift?

● In what ways can you improve your use and knowledge of compassion?

● Where do other people see evidence of this gift in your life?

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