Learning To Have Compassion
Literally the poor means the underprivileged, the destitute or broke. Being poor specifically associates to no assets and no money.
Have you ever been poor? Others would not be humble enough to accept such condition while others would use the condition to be lazy. Neither condition is helpful to growth.
Learning to have compassion?
It is tracing the roots. Where are you from? Who are your friends? How is your community molded?
When I was a little girl, my father always brought me with him visiting some poor relatives. I was proud because we had some money, but I felt sorry having touched the way other relatives lived. Those cans of biscuits, my father shared, were distributed to some cousins and friends faraway town, where some had married young and unable to finish school. When mother's had breasts sucked for milk, right in front my eyes like the so uncultured in my Social Studies class, my thoughts clashed about how life must be lived.
Some of them thought my Dad was lucky to have hard working parents. But that was not enough for my Dad. As he was schooled and got good work in the government, he tried to recommend to his cousins about good work and inspiration.
My father was unselfish and robust with compassion, so I thought.
At home, when workers fixed broken windows or patched walls, he would always offer something to eat. The food he would share to the poor was the same food he would share to all friends. We had only one car, but often had two drivers (to let his cousins share the work). When my father died, it was like a long parade in their town. All his community, rich and poor alike, grieved for his loss. They made the burial grand and memorable. That burial, in a hot afternoon was my hardest wail and my awakening. That time on, I thought life was not all wealth. I am bereft, too.
Being happy in life is doing something great to those around you, to those next to you, in whatever way, your heart or pocket could share. Learning to have compassion is seeing life through the eyes of love. It is a deep association with those in need. Compassion is something you would want for yourself, so do good to others. It is something you would not want for yourself, so alleviate other's misery.
Learning to have compassion needs to pass a series of tests. It may not be easy, but once humility and inspiration struck your heart; that we were all made of dust and in the beginning, we were once naked, kindness will seethe in your flesh!
"Habemus Papam Franciscum!"
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Check this (from jesuschristsavior.net).
The seven corporal works of mercy are feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, comfort the imprisoned, visit the sick, and bury the dead.
The seven spiritual works of mercy are admonish sinners, instruct the uninformed, counsel the doubtful, comfort the sorrowful, be patient with those in error, forgive offenses, and pray for the living and the dead.