praying for the aid workers and for ourselves

Let us also pray for the countless many heroic aid workers. As signs of hope they deserve our solidarity and support. They do need that.

Let we pray “lord have mercy” for ourselves too. That isn’t selfish. As an antidote to hubris, to hidden selfcontentment, it prevents us from using the pain of others for ignoring own pain and fears. So, praying for oneself is realistic. Moreover, one soon arrives at praying for others. Transforming own pain and fears into sources of compassion. There is no difference between praying for ourselves and praying for others. As there is no difference between others and ourselves.

So, let us pray “lord have mercy”. Unnoticeable silent if not in thought. In the rhythm of our breath. In response to pain and suffering - concrete and general. Continuously.