If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love can persuade at all, or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind. That is the one thing which would make me completely happy. There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be self-effacing. Always consider the othr person to be better than yourself, so that nobody thinks of his own interests instead. In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.
These reflections are dedicated to Joel Filartiga the compassionate Paraguayan Doctor-Artist who made the drawings for this text; to his courageous wife, Nidia; and to the memory of their seventeen-year-old son Joelito who was tortured to death by a police squad on March 30, 1976
The word compassion generally evokes positive feelings. We like to think of ourselves as compassionate people who are basically good, gentle, and understanding.
Although we are still waiting in expectation, the first signs of the new earth and the new heaven, which have been promised to us and for which we hope, are already visible in the community of faith where God reveals himself. This is the foundation of our faith, the basis of our hope, and the source of our love.