"I always wonder why it is that we ask whether a candidate for the presidency is tough enough to push the nuclear button but we never ask if they are strong enough not to. I can't help but wonder if that might not have something to do with the Compassion Quotient of contemporary culture. . . .
"Compassion is not indifference to sin; it is the understanding of how sin happens to the best of us, including you and me.
"When another person is suffering and I do not suffer as well, I pretend that I am God. When another person is suffering and I suffer with that person, I admit that I, too, am only human."