Empathy is desperately needed in our increasingly troubled world. As Catholics, we are called to empathize with the plight of anyone in need – strangers, immigrants, people who are sick or disabled, victims of natural or man-made disasters, and people who are going through a difficult time.
Empathy does not mean that you agree with the person. It does not mean that you simply feel sorry for that person. Empathy is understanding, at a very deep level, what someone else is experiencing. We cannot always solve other people’s problems, but we can try to understand their pain, their struggles, and their hardships.
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