Posts Tagged ‘Compassion’

Here’s how social media builds empathy Comments 0

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

I saw it all in my newsfeed this week: a former roommate gave birth (to twins!), a friend raised money to rebuild his home after a fire, a grad school professor started chemotherapy for lymphoma and his digital support group, “#downwithlumpy,” went viral. I liked, donated, tweeted, commented and prayed over those updates. I witnessed Read more

Pope: Welcoming homosexuals, divorced and remarried a must Comments 2

Friday, December 12th, 2014

The Catholic Church must find ways of welcoming divorced and remarried, and gay Catholics, Pope Francis said. The Pontiff made the comments in a wide-ranging interview by Argentine daily, La Nacion. Addressing the turmoil his papacy is causing with conservative-minded groups, Francis says he’s pleased the issues are in the open. It’s a “good sign” that Read more

Cyberslums and dark places need Church compassion Comments 0

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Digital cyberslums where cyberbullying, pornography and abuse are running rampant need the Church’s presence, a Vatican conference found. The conference, Wednesday, entitled “Stop threats on the internet” was organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Reports of one out of three young people in Europe being cyberbullied is evidence of a “new form of Read more

Move to make Hamilton a compassionate city Comments 0

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) is  launching a Compassionate City initiative. They are calling for support from anyone who is interested in making Hamilton a Compassionate City The initiative will begin with a gathering to explain some of the concepts, to familiarise people with the Compassionate Cities world movement. The International Institute for Compassionate Cities supports Read more

Bishop Peter Cullinane speaks at interfaith gathering Comments 0

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Bishop Peter Cullinane was one of a number of speakers at a recent multifaith event in Palmerston North. Prisms of Light – An Interfaith Conversation on how Compassion Transforms our Communities, explored how compassion is a central theme in the the living out of many world faith traditions. Other speakers were: Helen Chong spoke on roots of compassion Read more

One family’s history of violence Comments 0

Friday, August 8th, 2014

It’s a “national tragedy”, a “dirty secret”, an “outrage”. But within the hyperbole surrounding the issue of domestic violence in our country are countless stories of individuals and families who have felt its impact first-hand. My own family has such a story – but we’re ‘lucky ones’, who ‘got away’. My sister and I escaped Read more

Pope Francis shows tenderness as he embraces disfigured man Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Pope Francis this week comforted a man with a severely disfigured face – just two weeks after he embraced an Italian man with neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes painful tumors all over the body. The pontiff embraced the unnamed man after the weekly audience in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday. Reports said it is not Read more

You want ME to pray for you? It’s becoming more unlikely… Comments 0

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Getting any kind of help from Jesus didn’t seem likely when I was propelled onto a praying exploration by my friend Marcia’s decision to go on pilgrimage. Neither did I expect preaching at a local church, an unusual experience for me these days, the preaching and the going to church, to be a tipping point. The gospel I Read more

Compassion can be cultivated in the brain, study finds Comments 0

Friday, May 31st, 2013

It’s possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain, according to a new study. Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconson-Madison’s Waisman Center found that engaging in compassion meditation — where you practice feeling compassion for different groups of people, including yourself — seemed to increase Read more

To Stream or not to Stream? Comments 0

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
Kath Deady Principal Carmel College, Auckland

At St Mary’s primary school in Lochee, Scotland, I had the same teacher for six years, Mrs W. For me, she was an excellent teacher: she encouraged me to read widely, gave me ample time for creative writing, drilled me in mental arithmetic, and allowed me leadership opportunities, which largely consisted in time out of Read more