Sister Elizabeth Johnson suggests that since Vatican II, we have left the path that strove simply for personal perfection. We seek a life that is also integrated and intimate with others in a world community. She defines compassion as "a mode of relationship with others that participates in the suffering of others in such a way that it generates power to resist and to redeem."
As we respond to the gospel message, we are moved through the Spirit to confront suffering. We cannot remain indifferent to our calling, or apathetic to today's issues. When we participate in the suffering of others, we generate the power to resist evil and redeem the world. We walk in God's presence to embrace the universe.
©1994 Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Ph.D. (P)1994 St. Anthony Messenger Press