May the Light of Compassion Shine Through Us
From Joyce Rupp’s
Prayers of Boundless Compassion
The Body of Compassion
I pray to be the face of compassion—
that those who come within my view
find a cordial, kindly reception
written upon my facial landscape.
I pray to be the ears of compassion—
that those who come filled with distress
will experience my attentive presence,
ready to listen without distraction.
I pray to be the eyes of compassion—
that those who lack society’s support
will receive my nonjudgmental gaze,
a look of unbiased, heartfelt welcome.
I pray to be the shoulders of compassion—
that those who come laden with burdens
will be able to set things down for a while,
and have the load lightened when they leave.
I pray to be the heart of compassion—
that those who feel overwhelmed with suffering
will sense my empathic response,
one that forgoes a desire to fix the hurt.
I pray to be the mouth of compassion—
that those whose voice is not heard
will be empowered and supported
by my determined, vocal stand for justice.
I pray to be the hands of compassion—
that those whose life could benefit
from my presence and my actions
will be assisted by the humble offering.
I pray to be the feet of compassion—
that those who long for companionship
will see that I walk beside them,
joined in the strength of a common humanity.
I pray that the Light of compassion shining in my soul
will recognize and receive the Light shining in others,
that together we will care for creation with respect and
have gratitude for all that exists.