"Compassion and gratitude are the two words most helpful to understand ministry.
"Ministry happens when you participate in the mystery of 'being with.'...Caring means 'to cry out with.' Compassion literally means 'to be with those who suffer.'
"We are to be precisely where people are vulnerable, not to fix it or to change it. That is an unintended fruit of it, but that is not why you are there."
~ Henri J.M. Nouwen