Do You Have A Heart of Compassion or Indifference for the ‘Least of These’?
I had commissioned her to do this extraordinary painting for my conference given at St. Paul University in Ottawa in 2002. (C.F: http://striveforheavennow.ca/perfect-love/
This attitude of indifference in people today is like a plague. In Canada and in the rest of the world today most people are ‘self’ absorbed. They frantically pursue whatever will benefit ‘me, myself and I’.
We see this selfish attitude expressed in the favourite slogan of prochoice women: “My body, my choice.” When this is said to me I quickly respond: “Choice to kill, choice to kill the preborn baby in the womb.”
Two of the biggest promoters of ‘choice to kill’ the preborn babies is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, USA.
Trudeau had the audacity and heartlessness to tweet the following: “My warmest congratulations to @Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood on its hundredth anniversary. Here’s to another #100 years Strong!”
Both Trudeau and Richards have the blood of millions of babies butchered piece by piece by abortion on their hands. This is barbaric cruelty even worse than ISIS Islamic terrorism. I have named it ‘aborterrorism’.
This ‘indifference’ towards the survival of other human beings has so permeated our godless Canadian society that Canada has recently legalized euthanasia. Again more killing, no compassion for other human beings.
Canada is now a ‘Dying Nation’. I carry a sign on Parliament Hill every day declaring this fact and have written about it in
On Friday October 14, 2016 I came across three occasions that presented the ‘total contrast’ to this deadly indifference. It was a most sincere compassion shown for another human being.
The first instance was when I read Ottawa Metro News.
On the front page ‘Samantha Medaglia’ holds a photo of her daughter Grace, who was born stillborn. Samantha is publicly sharing her grief, her love and compassion for her daughter who died at 24 weeks. Samantha said: “I’m not going to hide her…” Samantha recognizes the dignity of a human being created in the image of God, in the womb.
A few hours (on the same day) later I was on Parliament Hill in Ottawa by the Centennial Flame where I do my daily protesting against abortion and euthanasia. I was approached by a young lady, a tourist. After examining my signs which showed how babies are torn apart piece by piece by abortion she came to me and asked if she could take some photos of me.
Everything in her person, her eyes, her facial expressions, her voice expressed such a deep compassion as she looked at the graphic images of aborted babies on my signs: She said: “Why? Why do people do this to these tiny, innocent babies?”
I was deeply moved by the depth of her compassion for the preborn baby killed in the womb as I engaged in conversation with her. It was an un forgetable encounter.
These two events of compassion were much on my mind as I returned home in the afternoon. As I approached the entrance to my place I noticed a large object next to the entrance.
It was a most beautiful artwork of the ‘Pieta’ with a note next to it saying “Please find a Home. Thank You.” (Note: The ‘Pieta’ was Michelangelo’s greatest work of art described in this link)http://www.michelangeloexperience.com/2010/09/saint-peters-pieta/
The Pieta was lying there waiting for me. I prayed that night about the day’s events. It was God’s way of speaking to me about today’s generation where an evil spirit of indifference is so evident. I see it on Parliament Hill every day during my protests against the Culture of Death. However God was showing me that there are still some very compassionate people in the world. God climaxed my learning experience with the Pieta.
There is no greater icon of compassion than the Pieta wherein we see The Virgin Mary holding her son Jesus Christ in her arms after he was let down from the Cross. The word ‘Pieta’ means pity from the Greek word for ‘compassion’ or ‘pity’. To truly understand the magnitude of Mary’s compassion for her son, Jesus Christ, we need to examine her life as ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’.
Mary suffered throughout her entire life as she followed her son on His journey of Love towards the Cross.
Her ‘Seven Soŕrows’ were: 1) The prophecy of Simeon in Luke 11:34-35 wherein Mary was informed of the bitter Passion and death of her Son. 2) The flight into Egypt amongst a people given to idolatry. 3) The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple. 4) The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross. 5) The Crucifixion. 6) The taking down of the body of Jesus from the Cross. 7) The burial of Jesus.
http://olrl.org/pray/msorrows.shtml (link for 7 Sorrows )
Please take a few minutes to read the Seven Sorrows of our Blessed Mother and you will no doubt understand why Mary was given the title “Our Lady of Seven Sorrows”.
Mary ‘suffered with’ Jesus. Just as Mary suffered with Jesus and Jesus suffered for our salvation, we, as human beings are called to ‘suffer with’, to have ‘compassion’ on those who are suffering. Jesus tells us this very clearly in Matthew 25:31-46
31 And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty.
32 And all nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.
34 Then shall the king say to them that shall be on his right hand: Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in:
36 Naked, and you covered me: sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me.
37 Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee?
39 Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee?
40 And the king answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.
41 Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink.
43 I was a stranger, and you took me not in: naked, and you covered me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit me.
44 Then they also shall answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee?
45 Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these least, neither did you do it to me.
46 And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.
Those who refuse to be compassionionate and are indifferent towards the suffering of the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the prisoner, etc will go into ‘everlasting fire’. ( cf; verse 41 )
I believe that the reason our compassion for others is so important in the eyes of God is that it is all about ‘love’, love for God and love for one another as humans created in the image and likeness of God, so that we may be ‘one’ in ‘Love’.
I wrote about this ‘compassion for others’ in a poem titled: “To Know, to Love, to Inspire.” in 1999 during my Chaplaincy studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. (see link )http://striveforheavennow.ca/to-know-to-love-to-inspire-a-poem-by-donald-andre-bruneau/
I personally experienced this precious opportunity ‘to love’ and to ‘suffer with’ mom when she suffered a stroke which left her semi-paralyzed. I looked after her for nine years in a Nursing home. ( http://striveforheavennow.ca/euthanasia/ )
The following video https://vimeo.com/user31115924 “The Golden Rule” shows the loving interaction that takes place between a suffering mother and her son, as I feed her breakfast.
Every day of our life we are faced with the ‘choice’ of being compassionate or indifferent towards those who are suffering.
Suffering always calls out “Love, love! Where are you? I need you!”
How often during those nine years, mom called out for me, when she was in need, when she was suffering. She knew I would respond to her with love to her cries for help, because I ‘loved her’ and I ‘suffered with’ her.
In those nine years we grew so close to one another. She gave me a tremendous gift a few years before she died. I cherish it tremendously. She said unexpectedly to me one day:
“Time is precious, It gives us time to love, Time to have God’s preciousness.”
Time is so precious. Use it wisely while you still can and make Matthew 25, the Golden Rule, your guide in life.
Mother understood the word ‘eternity’. She knew she was dying. The compassionate and loving mother that she was all her life was so well expressed in her last and so precious words to me before she died: “Donald, I will pray for you.”
When you witness someone suffering or hear ‘suffering’ calling out, do not be indifferent, answer the call.
If you follow the examples of compassion in the lives of Jesus and Mary, then when the Son of man returns He will say to you: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in.” ( cf: Matthew 25:34-35 )