Compassion is a year-round virtue, but many of us suffer “compassion fatigue” when faced with the endless stream of stories of the lonely, the sick, the destitute, the abandoned, and the displaced in our world today. What are we to do? Jack Melito, C.M., discusses Vincent de Paul’s instruction about living a life of compassion:
First of all, we must remind ourselves that our first experience of compassion was the compassion we were sown by God. As a result, we must make every effort to be compassionate to ourselves and to others. We must pray for a spirit of Compassion and Mercy. A life of compassionate action will result in a heart open to carrying the sufferings of the poor. Though there may be times when regret creeps in, you must remember that, though you may judge yourself as having neglected opportunities to be merciful and compassionate, you did your best. Therefore, always pray for a spirit of compassion and mercy.
“Christmas Compassion” is a chapter from the book, Windows on His Vision, (pp. 112-113) available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/windows/3/
It is also available as an ebook here: https://via.library.depaul.edu/vincentian_ebooks/8/