To have compassion for someone is to “feel with” her or him.
We confess our inability, O Lord, to put ourselves in other people’s place and to understand fully how life is affecting them. We also confess our sometimes unwillingness even to try.
Forgive us for when we fail to be inspired to go to great lengths to exhibit compassion by the great lengths to which you have gone to exhibit your great compassion for us, especially in the way that the Passion of your Son Jesus was an act of compassion for us.
Fill us with compassion, O Lord.
Help us to grow toward the ideal of always having our first thought be of others and not of ourselves.
Help us to grow toward the ideal of having our first thought about others be a thought not of judgment but of compassion.
Help us to grow toward the ideal of having our thoughts of compassion lead to acts of compassion.