A voluntary sorrow

Compassion is the voluntary sorrow we feel at the disasters that have befallen others.

It’s begotten in a heart which sympathizes and suffers with the sufferings of others and it’s expressed as a loving disposition towards those who have been made miserable by unfortunate circumstances.

It’s a powerful medicine for those who are down on their luck and is administered by a soul which suffers with them.

It’s the father of clemency, a collateral bond of love and the link between all feelings of friendship.

“Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis”

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