Arbiter of the cosmos, grant us, this day, balance and resilience. Compassion is a complex state: it is beyond mere pity, in that we are accepting another’s pain; it is more than empathy, as it gives us boundaries that protect us, and allow us to offer assistance. It may or may not suppose forgiveness, which may be hoped for, but should not be asked for. Forgiveness must be given freely, and unconditionally, and must be received with grace. We pray to both deepen and broaden both our capacity for compassion, and our willingness to forgive. That we indeed have these faculties, we give thanks. Blessed Be, and Amen.