(HT: google for Fr. Richard Rohr)
Fr. Rohr writes:
“There is no way you can love yourself for not being perfect, for not being the saint you thought you were going to be. To use Franciscan imagery, until you’ve leapt across the chasm and embraced the leper, until you’ve recognized that really the leper is not on the other side of the chasm but the leper is, first of all, the leper within you, you won’t really know your passion, or be capable of com-passion.
Compassion comes from a spacious place where a lot of things are put together and co-exist, where we recognize, forgive and make friends with the enemy within. There’s nothing you hate, there’s nothing you fear over there in other people that you haven’t met and forgiven in your own soul. The passionate struggle with your own shadow becomes compassion for the struggles of our neighbor.”