A Clear, Simple Definition of Compassion
What does compassion mean? Here’s a powerful definition from the book Compassion, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, Donald P. McNeill and Douglas A. Morrison: “The word ‘compassion’ is derived from the Latin words pati and cum, which together mean ‘to suffer with.’ Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
Mayor Fischer has signed a resolution committing Louisville to a long-term campaign for compassion. As a result, Louisville is the largest city in America to be named a world Compassionate City by the International Institute for Compassionate Cities. See details...
Terry Taylor, Executive Director of Interfaith Paths to Peace
on Mayor Fischer's right (in red jacket) at the signing ceremony on Nov. 11, 2011
The Charter for Compassion transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.
To learn more about the Charter for Compassion and to add your name click here
Compassionate Louisville is a community organization dedicated to Louisville becoming the “compassionate heart of America” so that successive generations inherit a better world.
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The International Institute for Compassionate Cities certifies and supports compassionate initiatives in cities, towns, counties, states and provinces, regions, nations, universities, faith groups, schools, service groups, and other places where human beings gather.
For more information about Compassionate Cities click here
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