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The Conspiracy of Compassion Paperback – January 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Forest of Peace (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939516349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939516346
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved the book and I would highly recommend it to all people, not just Religious. His writings reveal his understanding of a God who loves us and who wants us to be happy and is with us through all our joys and sorrows. I have met him while I was on Retreat and his presentations were as wonderful as his books
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Fr. Joseph Nassal, in his book, “seeks to reclaim the meaning of conspire: to breathe together” (p. 12) for the good and redemption of others, thereby creating a community of “co-conspirators” (p.12) of compassion exemplified best and initiated by Jesus Christ. He uses the metaphor of breathing to describe the processes involved to create such a community. Just as the Spirit of God moving across the waters in Genesis 1 created order out of chaos, just as “the mighty rushing wind” of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost replaced fear and doubt with hope, so the author encourages us to catch and inhale the “sacred wind,” this “gentle breath of God’s Spirit” (p. 12) as we go through pain and suffering for healing into new life and even joy. He challenges us to allow our wounds to stay open and “breathe” (p. 26) by looking at our pain and suffering to develop in us a compassionate heart, and as our basis and motivation to reach out and breathe upon another’s wound (compassion). It is when we bandage and cover our wounds, when we “have amnesia about the ashes of our lives, [that] it’s easier to accept war and violence and poverty as the way the world is, the expected results of a fallen world” (p. 37). Just as Jesus’ open nail-scarred wounds identified Him as the suffering Messiah to his disciples, our own sufferings can become our identity that initiates us into “Christ’s passion and into his way of compassion” (p. 21). As Christ’s followers called to take up our cross and follow in His footsteps, we can use “our most devastating losses, our most excruciating pain, our deepest wound” to become “our gift to the community” (p. 27) and teach us a way to serve others in their pain and suffering.
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