Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.
It’s not possible to be a disciple of Christ and think it’s ok to kill babies. It just isn’t.
If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation. This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. May you consider truly good whatever leads you to your goal and truly evil whatever makes you fall away from it.
God’s wisdom is recognized as very wide because God distinctly and perfectly understands everything that is in the universe from the first angel down to the last little worm. He not only knows substances as a whole but also their parts, properties, powers, accidents, and actions. This is behind the words “You have indeed numbered my steps” (Jb 14:16), and “The Lord beholds the ways of man and considers all his steps” (Prv 5:21).
If he counts and considers every step, how much more every act of the mind, whether good or bad. If God has all our hairs numbered according to the saying of our Lord, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Mt 10:30), how much more does he know all the limbs of your body and the powers of your soul? If he knows the number of the sands of the sea and the drops of rain, as Ecclesiasticus suggests (Sir 1:2), how much more should he be thought to know the number of the stars and angels? If, as the Lord himself testifies, he will bring up every idle word of every man for judgment, certainly his ears hear simultaneously all the voices of all people, not only the voices of the body but also those of the soul, that is, our thoughts and desires. How great and immense is the breadth of his wisdom that understands simultaneously all that is, that was, that will be, and that can be!…
Hence, you should always and everywhere be careful, my soul, over what you do, what you say, and what you think since nothing that you ever do, say, or think will be without God’s seeing, hearing, or observing it.
—Saint Robert Bellarmine
Do not forget your brothers and sisters suffering persecution. We are One Body in Christ. Even if there is no physical way to help, we can always pray. It’s a spiritual work of mercy. In the communion of the saints, we are to pray and help each other. We are One Body in Christ: if one part hurts we hurt with it. Please pray for those suffering. May they be delivered and may the violence end, and this we ask in Jesus’ name and through the intercession of His Blessed Mother Mary. Amen.