"Let everything be done in moderation.

Let the weakness of the old and the very young be always taken into account.

Let the weaker be helped so that they may not do their work in sadness."

St Benedict 'The Rule of St Benedict'

"There is no wilderness so terrible, so beautiful, so arid, so fruitful, as the wilderness of compassion.  It is the only desert that shall truly flourish like a lily."

Thomas Merton - American religious writer and thinker

In our society do we show enough compassion, both individually and collectively, for those who have needs greater than our own?  There is seldom a material reward for compassion but those who carry out acts of compassion are not looking for them.  Do we show enough compassion in our school communities?