February 8, 2017
Prayer by Taylor ’17
What makes us human? I’m sure there are plenty of scientific and spiritual theories to answer that question, but to me, our humanity is most prevalent when we are dedicated to showing compassion to both people and the Earth. Compassion is defined as, “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings and misfortunes of others.” On paper, it seems like an easy enough thing to practice, but unfortunately, another defining trait of human beings is our egotism. History has shown that it’s not hard to become apathetic or downright aggressive towards people who aren’t experiencing life the same way we are, particularly when their adversity has no effect on our lives. That doesn’t automatically make us bad people, it just makes us human. But the great thing about humans is that we are capable of change. We just have to decide to do so. And it’s entirely possible, because you know what a synonym of compassion is? Humanity.
Thank you for blessing us with the gift of compassion. Please allow us to exercise it as often as possible. Make us not just more tolerant, but more accepting. Give us the wisdom to cherish both the Earth and people in situations different from our own. And above all, Lord, allow us to be a little more human.
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.