Epistle # 3 Book – The Cup of Our Life – A Guide for Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp – Abraham Joshua Herschel  Quotes 

The Cup of Life – A Guide for Spiritual Growth by Joyce Rupp

From the Parish Library of St Alban-Roe Catholic Church  Wildwood, MO

 A View of the Cup of Compassion –

Poem by Joyce Rupp

My cup of compassion holds tears of this world –

It overflows with sorrow, struggles and sadness

My cup of compassion holds the cries of children

Unfed, unloved, unsheltered, uneducated and unwanted 

My cup of compassion holds the screams of war

the tortured, the slain imprisoned ,  theraped the disabled

My cup of compassion holds the bruised and battered

Victims of incest and abuse. gang wars & violent crimes

Marriage vows violated by infidelity 

My cup of compassion holds the voice of the silent ones, 

the mentally ill, the illegal immigrants, 

the Unborn and the Homeless

My cup of compassion holds the emptiness of the poor,

the searing pain of racism,

the impotency of injustice

My cup of compassion holds the heartache of loss, 

the sigh of the dying and the sting of the divorced

My cup of compassion holds agony of the earth,

species terminated, air polluted,  land destroyed 

rivers running with waste

My cup of compassion I hold in my Heart

Where the Divine dwells – where love is stronger than

death an disaster 

  1. Learning Compassion –  What can we do? We can become a sign. Whatever happens becomes a joy and a fountain of Divine Love.  Bede  Griffiths, OSB
  2. Offering the Cup – …Then there flows a constant stream of tenderness – which all petty desires seem to be extinguished – All that matter now is be kind to each other with all that is in us – Etty Hellisum
  3. Giving up the Cup Freely – Too many of us concern or gives focus to things that we have no ‘heart-felt’ reason. If we were asked ‘why are you doing this? we would not know how to answer…Palrker Palmer
  4. The Cup of Sacrifice – Compassion is the strength tat raises out of seeing the true nature of suffering in the world.  Compassion allows us to see – witness to that suffering – wether it is tp ourselves or others. It allows us – without fear – it allows us to name without hesitation – and to act strongly – with all the skills out our disposal. – Sharon Salzberg-
  5. Pouring the Cup – Anyone that gives (offers) to the Divine – will find that it comes back turned to gold. – Rumi
  6. The Gift of the Be-ing – Just to be is a blessing – Just to life is holy – Abraham Joshua Herschel 

Abraham Joshua Herschel  Quotes —  https://www.azquotes.com/author/6636-

Abraham_Joshua_HeschelOur goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.
Abraham Joshua Heschel 

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