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John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

Compassion

The word compassion comes to us from the Late Latin word compati, to bear suffering, to sympathize.  To have compassion, that is, to have sympathetic consciousness of others' distress and a desire to alleviate that stress, is to practice one of the finest and noblest of emotions that we have.


What we seem to be losing these days, is the understanding that the practice and acceptance of compassion is a relationship between two equals. It is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded or the have and the have not’s’.  


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