Book Review: Experiencing God’s Compassion

Written on: May 1, 2023

Submitted by Sister Eileen Spanier, GNSH

Virginia Blass is a spiritual director, and a leader of parish missions, retreats and conferences.

Her experience as a lay member of the Passionist Preaching Mission and a longtime collaborator in ministry with the Northeast Province of Jesuits gives her a rich background and a wellspring of knowledge that she longs to share with her readers.

In Experiencing God’s Compassion Virginia  weaves Scripture, personal stories and the wisdom of other theologians to help us understand how we are all touched by God’s love and compassion. She invites us to an intimate place, where we can be “healed, transformed and empowered.”

I particularly resonated with Chapter 4: “God’s Compassion – Like an Incurable Wound for Us” where we are reminded that “God is with us in our own suffering and is affected by our suffering.”

Her final chapter, God’s Compassion with and through our Earth-Home is quite appropriate for us as we continue to dissect Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Thank you to Sr. Julia Lanigan for recommending this short, easy to read book. I now pass this recommendation on to all of you.

Published by Paulist Press, ©2022

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Experiencing God’s Compassion

  1. Sr. Julia Lanigan says:

    Thank you for this book! Just so you know, I recommended it but it’s Sr. Eileen Spanier who wrote the fine review. Blessings to both of you.

  2. Virginia Blass says:

    Hi Sr. Julia,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful book review. Your encouragement is greatly appreciated. I enjoyed writing this very much.
    Abundant blessings,

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