A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program on WTTW 11 (PBS) in Chicago.
PART 2 of a 3-part series based on the award-winning book, "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope." Internationally known writer, lecturer and peace activist, Sr. Joan Chittister, talks about the connection between struggle and faith.
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Writer, lecturer and internationally known peace activist, Sr. Joan Chittister, recalls her struggle with the disappointment of a lost dream.
Hosts Lillian Daniel and Daniel Pawlus in conversation with Sr. Joan Chittister who says "The Benedictine community is a community that makes a comfort zone out of all the discomfort zones in the world."
Reflection on Compassion by Christian Chakoian
One of my favorite seminary classes was taught by Fr. Henri Nouwen; it was titled simply “Compassion.” The famous writer took us to the root-meaning of the word com-passion; literally, “to suffer with.” I didn’t like that definition. I preferred compassion as a warm, fuzzy feeling of kindness, understanding, maybe even pity. Better yet, I liked compassion as an active word. Why suffer with somebody when you can fix what’s wrong?
Years later, when I experienced some suffering myself, I finally knew what Henri meant when he said: "When we ask ourselves which person means the most to us, we often find it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen to share our pain and touch our wounds with a tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares." That, I’ve come to learn, is a friend who understands the meaning of compassion.