Hermitage Reflection 

Jesus took him off by himself away from the crowd.

~ Mark 7: 33


A few weeks ago, upon reading the passage from Mark concerning the healing of the deaf man, I paused upon reading this sentence: "Jesus took him off by himself away from the crowd."

I could almost feel the compassion of Christ.

For one, healing is a personal experience. Jesus was creating a space for that sacred moment to occur. He moved to a space where he and the deaf man could be alone - away from the crowd.

The Lord also walked with the man who couldn't hear or speak clearly. I imagine Jesus spoke reassuringly with him and let the man know that He understood the journey of his life.

From that short sentence, the Spirit taught me how the healing energy of Jesus can flow between two persons. When we can respectfully walk with another and offer compassionate acceptance and listening, we allow the Spirit to create a sacred space for the healing touch of Jesus to occur.

Sometimes we are the one in need of being taken away from the crowd. At other times we are the instrument the Spirit uses to set the healing scene.

Lord, teach me compassionate loving.


Prayer to Our Lady of Tenderness


Below is a prayer composed by Bishop John W. Flesey to Our Lady of Tenderness. United in heart and mind, let us pray together that hearts across our globe may open to receive the gift of Christ's peace.


Dear Lady of Tenderness,

Dawning Sky
Photo Credit: Vaughn Noel
We live in an angry and violent world. War and terrorism threaten us on all sides. We respectfully turn to you, O Mother of the Compassionate One. We beg your intercession for us, your suffering sons and daughters. Because of the intimate bond you share with your Son Jesus, our Risen Lord, we know you will hear and heed our prayer for help. Ask your Savior Son to pour forth His Peace into our minds and hearts so that we might become one truly holy family united and guided by His Holy Spirit. Amen.
~ Bishop John W. Flesey




My peace is My gift to you.
~ John 14:27

Our Lady of Tenderness, pray for us!