Prayers of Boundless Compassion

Prayers of Boundless Compassion

by Joyce Rupp

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Compassion was the center of Jesus' ministry and his mission for his disciples—and for us. Bestselling and award-winning author and retreat leader Joyce Rupp gives you the words to develop compassion in yourself as never before and to reenergize your ability to offer loving kindness to those around you. 

Compassion can change a heart, change a life, change a world. But we have to learn how to be compassionate and Joyce Rupp—codirector of the Servite Center of Compassionate Presence—can guide us.

Forty original prayers, blessings, and meditations by Rupp will help us practice themes of compassion: as a way of life, welcoming ourselves, the river of suffering, from hostility to hospitality, a thousand unbreakable links, and compassionate presence.

To be used alone or as a helpful companion to Rupp's Boundless Compassion book and program, this collection of prayers will inspire anyone to change the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932057171
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 03/02/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Joyce Rupp is well known for her work as a writer, spiritual midwife, international retreat leader, and conference speaker. Her book Boundless Compassion was named one of the Top 50 Spirituality Books of 2018 by Spirituality and Practice and earned awards from both the Catholic Press Association (first place) and the Association of Catholic Publishers (second place). She is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Praying Our Goodbyes, Open the Door, Fragments of Your Ancient Name, and Prayers of Boundless Compassion.

Rupp is a member of the Servite (Servants of Mary) community. She is a consultant and resource person for the Boundless Compassion program’s certified facilitators. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Using This Book xi

1 Compassion as a Way of Life

The Body of Compassion 2

Let Us Love One Another 4

Competition and Comparison 6

Seeds of Compassion 8

Walk a Mile in My Shoes 10

2 Compassion for Self

The Feather Prayer 16

Psalm 139: Compassion for Self 18

Self-Acceptance of Elderhood 21

Brief Meditations on Self-Compassion 23

The Four Guardians Meditation 26

3 Compassion and Suffering

A Prayer for Healing 32

A Mirror of Compassion 34

A Psalm of Compassion (Based on Psalm 23) 36

A Refuge and a Strength 37

Remembering Inner Resiliency 40

4 Compassion and Marginalization

People Pushed to the Edge 44

Prayer for Refugees 46

To the Far Corners 48

We Are One 50

Bridging the Wide Divide 54

5 Compassion for Creation

I Bow to You 58

Lamentation of Endangered Species 61

Meditation on a Pebble 63

We Do Not Own the Land and Seas 65

What Have We Done to Them? 67

6 Compassionate Presence

Activating the Fruits of the Spirit 70

Treasure in Earthen Vessels 72

Growing Seeds of Compassion 75

Indwelling Light 78

Sending Forth Compassion 80

7 Other Prayers of Compassion

The Sound of the Bell 82

Seed Packets of Compassion 84

Release What Blocks Compassion 87

The Gift of Compassionate Caregiving 89

Growing in Compassion 91

The Journey of Compassion 95

External and Internal Stillness 97

Recovering Lost Qualities of Compassion 99

Twig Meditation 101

Stepping Forward 104

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