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Reflection for the First Week of Advent
"Compassion, generosity's closest companion, must be acquired. Compassion can often be underdeveloped; sometimes it is stifled by the pressures to succeed, or the instinct to think only of personal desires, irrespective of the needs of others.

To give is, paradoxically, also to receive. If the cost is great the payment exceeds it. The reward for self-sacrifice is to be found deep within us, and at a depth which only God can see."   -- Cardinal Basil Hume