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“The paradox that unselfish love cannot rest perfectly except in a love that is perfectly reciprocated: because it knows that the only true peace is found in selfless love. Selfless love consents to be loved selflessly for the sake of the beloved. In so doing, it perfects itself.

The gift of love is the gift of the power and the capacity to love, and, therefore, to give love with full effect is also to receive it. So, love can only be kept by being given away, and it can only be given perfectly when it is also received.”

~Thomas Merton in No Man Is An Island

from listener Ed Brenegar’s response to our show Compassion’s Edge States

photo by Joan Halifax




This is my sister, Nanna. Last night, she locked herself in the bathroom. I was really worried, because she also was crying a lot. I called Falck, and when they arrived, over an hour later, they kicked the door in. She was lying on tthe bathroom floor, both arms and stomach were cut in deep. By her side, a empty bottle of Panodils layed. 83 pills gone. She was immideatly rushed to the hospital. They rinsed her body, but at that point iit was already late. She is now in a coma, and the doctors are not optimistic. Please reblog this to pray that my sister will wake up, and survive this. Also reblog, so I can show her that people do care, that she is worth living. That she is beautiful, and she can get out of this. Please.

Let’s pray for her.

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