How can we maintain a contemplative stance as we respond to suffering?

“Trauma is the feeling of being powerless to establish a boundary between ourselves and that which is about to or already is inflicting serious harm or even death. In our empathy with each other, we can be traumatized in experiencing other people being traumatized. How do we turn to our faith to help us to stay grounded and present and be a healing presence in the midst of all of this?”