Compassion asks us to go where it hurts,
To enter into the places of pain,
To share in brokenness, fear and anger.
Compassion challenges us
To cry out with those who are in misery,
To mourn with those who are in tears.
Compassion requires us to be
Vulnerable with the vulnerable,
And powerless with the powerless.
Compassion means full immersion
Into the condition of being human.
— Henri J. M. Nouwen