A voluntary sorrow1 June 2019
Compassion is the voluntary sorrow we feel at the disasters that have befallen others.
It’s begotten in a heart which sympathizes and suffers with the sufferings of others and it’s expressed as a loving disposition towards those who have been made miserable by unfortunate circumstances.
It’s a powerful medicine for those who are down on their luck and is administered by a soul which suffers with them.
It’s the father of clemency, a collateral bond of love and the link between all feelings of friendship.
» Saint Nectarios of Pentapolis