Monday Morning Prayer for Compassion, Sympathy, and Sacrifice

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Compassion, Sympathy, and Sacrifice

Oh God, I wish from now on
to be the first to become conscious
of all that the world loves, pursues, and suffers;

I want to be the first to seek,
to sympathize and to suffer;
the first to unfold and sacrifice myself,

to become more widely human
and more nobly of the earth
than of any of the world’s servants.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881–1955)

 Keywords: self-awareness seeking, sympathizing, suffering, sacrificing, servants

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