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I posted the following to my Twitter from the Dalai Lama “A secular person can be spiritual: compassion is for everyone to practice” and then the following meditation from my friend Henri showed up:

Jesus is called Emmanuel which means “God-with-us” (see Matthew 1: 22-23). The great paradox of Jesus’ life is that he, whose words and actions are in no way influenced by human blame or praise but are completely dependent on God’s will, is more “with” us than any other human being.

Jesus’ compassion, his deep feeling-with us, is possible because his life is guided not by human respect but only by the love of his heavenly Father. Indeed, Jesus is free to love us because he is not dependent on our love.

By Henri Nouwen and you can sign up for these meditations by clicking on this link for the  Henri Nouwen Society.

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