We tend to do away with things that are slightly damaged. We often treat people in the same way. We say: “Well, he has a problem with drinking; well, she has emotional issues; well, he is depressed a lot.” When we dismiss people because of their apparent woundedness, we miss their inner beauty and gifts, which are often buried in their wounds. We all are wounded at some level, whether our wounds are visible or not. The compassionate life is the life in which we believe that strength can be hidden in weakness and that true community is a fellowship of the weak.