Today I spent five minutes trolling my Facebook feed to see what compassionate things my friends are doing. What are your peeps up to?

At ‘Ole Miss’ recently a group of roughly 20 football players came to a production of “The Laramie Project” heckling, laughing, and shouting homophobic slurs. (read about that here.) Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU; Worden is their School of Social Work) posted on facebook:

In March 2010 an infamous church planned a protest at OLLU for performing “The Laramie Project,” the play mentioned in this article. Over 300 people stood in solidarity with Worden student organizers to say “NO, OUR COMMUNITY WILL NOT TOLERATE HATE”. We are all accountable. Acts like those described in this article must be challenged, speak out!

Marian passed on this quotation:

“A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future. Let us strive to enhance their capacity to support themselves for as long as possible and, when they cannot do so anymore, to care for them.” – Nelson Mandela

Texas Public Radio asked for a reaction to this study:

Reading literary fiction can help you become more empathetic — for a little while at least — according to a study published yesterday. Has reading impacted your social skills? In what way?

Rabbi Elisa reminded her friends:
Have I mentioned lately that you should be in the bone marrow donor registry? We’ll have swabbing available to register through Gift of Life this year at the Purim Carnival, but you don’t need to wait until then.

Patricia of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative invited people to “Dads Building Lifetimes of Love” :
This event is dedicated to men and their children. Family and relationship violence affects, hurts and damages males of all ages. We are creating a space for their presence and voice to be seen, heard and felt in the struggle to end violence in our sacred relations. Please join us and bring the men in your lives with you. If not now, When? If not here, Where? If not you then Whom?

On this, the Feast Day of St. Francis, Chuck posted his prayer (with one small word change . . .)

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is suffering, healthcare;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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