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My Irish grandmother knew well how to be compassionate. She practiced it every day from the moment she got up to go to early mass every morning, to the food packages she would make for the ailing neighbour, to the charity drives she helped organise to raise funds for children living in poverty. Since seeing Karen Armstrong's TED presentation last year, I have continually been thinking about my dear grandmother and how we tended to oversee the beauty and power of her actions because they were all expressed with grace and humbleness.