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24 Feb

Lenten Reflection Sessions on Growing in Compassion

Lent invites us to a steadfast journey towards newness of life after the likeness of the Son of God (from the Prayer for Blessing and Distribution of Ashes). We may accomplish this through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving with the hope that at the end of the forty days we evolve into “a new creation” ready to welcome the Risen Lord and live as Easter people. The practice and skills of compassion to self and others can be a way to accomplish that. Imagine living in a world where we practice compassion (known as the Golden Rule) in every aspect of life…

What: Lenten Reflection Sessions on Growing in Compassion

When: Four Wednesdays of Lent (Feb. 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24)

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where: https://zoom.us/j/91360808998?pwd=Q3A5c2hibGZsbTgrNmNiYVcybG8rQT09

Cost: Free

Presenters: Sally and Jeff Jung and Frankie Morales

Benefits: A good chance that you discover the great potential for compassion to help us become the people God created us to be


Session One: Imitating Jesus the model of compassion

Review of the qualities that Jesus embodies and we seek to practice

Definition of compassion: Seek to alleviate suffering self and others by noticing, being with, and discerning action

-Compassion is much more than being kind and nice. It’s about seeing people and situations, and respond by acting with the mind and heart of God (modeled by Jesus)

-We share a common humanity dignity (created in the image and likeness of God) and desire to seek happiness and avoid suffering and our survival depends on our interdependence

-Neuroscience and Neurogenetics indicate that our brain has the capacity to grow beyond what we thought


Session Two: Self-Cultivation

Compassion begins with self-care (we cannot give what we don’t have)

-Practicing skills that lead resilience (calming the mind and body through breathing, tracking, resourcing and grounding), and reflecting on realistic expectation that lead to happiness by identifying the values we wish to live by

Session Three: Relating to others

Explore our explicit biases and how our fixed categories affect how we relate to others (causes of division and injustice)

-Practicing forgiveness and gratitude and seeing the positive in others (even or enemies – as Jesus did)

Session Four: Empathic Concern and Sympathetic Joy

-Explore empathy that avoids burnout by focusing on others rather than self and leads to collective wellbeing

-Practice our ability to relate to others’ suffering and cultivate joy that reduces envy, jealousy, and greed

-Jesus models this quite well

Session Five: Appreciate Interdependence

-Recognize our interdependence as a fact of human reality

-Develop a sense of impartiality that leads to compassionate decisions for the community

-Compassionate actions require the practice of discernment in all the places we find ourselves

*Jesus is constantly leading the disciples through discernment and by modeling action

Growing in compassion is a lifelong process. Our success is not measured by perfection but by progress. The practice of compassion can lead to a happier life, a more just society, and a sign of the reign of God in our midst.

Lent provides a more intentional time to reflect on our formation as missionary disciples of Jesus and celebrating our progress at Easter!