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“HOW COULD YOU EXPECT ME TO FORGIVE?”

“In the Gospel [at yesterday’s Mass] we have the theme of ‘forgiveness’. The scene is a meal given by a Pharisee at which Jesus had been invited. A woman comes in, with a bad name in the town, and weeps on His feet, wiping away the tears with her hair, and then anointing and kissing them. Jesus reprimands the Pharisee for his lack of proper greeting and welcome, and he delights in the welcome and attention of this woman. Jesus says to the Pharisee, ‘I tell you that her sins, her many sins must have been forgiven her, or she would not have shown such great love… Then he (Jesus) said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’

An author wrote a true story concerning a preacher. He preached a sermon on ‘forgiveness’ in a church. Later he received a letter from someone who had been in that church and had heard his sermon. The letter came from a woman whose husband has suffered terribly as a result of a vicious crime that had been committed against him. The letter contained the question, ‘How could you expect me to forgive those despicable people who made my husband suffer so much?’ The preacher wrote back, ‘No, dear friend, I don’t expect you to forgive these despicable people who did that to your husband, for I am a frail human being like yourself. But JESUS CHRIST expects it of you and expects it of me. No matter what happens, we must try to love our enemies, Christ so taught us and so lived.’

St Teresa of Avila wrote, ‘The saints rejoiced at injuries and persecutions, because in forgiving them they had something to present to God when they prayed to Him.'”
– From “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”

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LORD JESUS, LET MY PROBLEMS MAKE ME PATIENT, NOT IRRITABLE

Teach me, Lord,
to be mild and gentle in all the events of life –
in disappointments,
in the thoughtlessness of others,
in the insincerity of those I trusted,
in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied.

Let me put myself aside,
to think of the happiness of others,
to hide my little pains and heartaches,
so that I may be the only one to suffer from them.

Teach me to profit by the suffering
that comes across my path.
Let me so use it that it may mellow me,
not harden or embitter me;
that it may make me patient, not irritable;
that it may make me broad in my forgiveness,
not narrow, haughty, and overbearing.

May no one be less good
for having come within my influence;
no one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble
for having been a fellow-pilgrim
on our journey toward eternal life.

May my life be lived in the supernatural,
full of power for good,
and strong in its purpose of sanctity.
Amen.

 

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IT’S NOT GOD WHO WILLS PUNISHMENT FOR THE WICKED, IT’S RATHER THE WICKED WHO BRINGS THE ADVERSITIES UPON HIMSELF…

FORGIVENESS

MARY: Do you want to give yourself an idea of the goodness of God and the hardness of creatures? Consider how God acts when he is offended and how men act!

MAN-MADE PUNISHMENTS

Oh how slight is human mercy, even non-existent! Man pretends to pardon, but in reality does nothing but treat his offender harshly while always remembering the offence. He forgives when he no longer feels the impact and the anger; he forgives with difficulty. Yet the offender is a being like him, perhaps better than him. Look at how inflexible man is when he punishes: the guilty person repents, begs, weeps, but the law strikes him, deprives him of freedom and is not placated until he has paid in full.

GOD’S PATIENCE AND GENEROSITY

God is infinite, he who offends him is a poor worm. The offence which he receives is incommensurable, yet God calls the sinner to his heart, he entices him with the most delicate expressions, he searches for him like a lost treasure, like a little lamb from his own fold, like a beloved son. If God wants him to confess his sin, it is for the benefit of the sinner, so that, by humiliating himself, he may feel free of his weight and deserve forgiveness and may look on this as a blessed right and not a humiliating concession.

GOD DOES NOT DESPISE THE SINNER

God does not despise the sinner, he does not look on him with severity nor reprove him, but embraces him, enriches him with grace, reclothes him with the garments of justice, puts the ring of sonship on his finger and prepares the solemn banquet of the Eucharist for him. One single sincere word of love, one single sigh of the soul is enough to reconcile him to God, even before mildly humbling himself before God’s minister.

GOD KEEPS INVITING HIM TO EVERLASTING LIFE EVEN WHEN THE SINNER DOESN’T LISTEN

It is true that adversities befall sinners, but it is not God who wills the punishment and death of the wicked, it is rather the wicked who brings the adversities and disasters upon himself… And even these serve God’s purpose to call the sinner to himself when he doesn’t listen to the voice of love. Oh how great is God’s mercy! And you are still unsure about him? Do you not know that he considers himself greatly offended by lack of trust precisely because he is infinite goodness? Throw yourself into his arms, then, weep at his feet. In him you will always find the most tender and loving of fathers.

ASPIRATION: Forgive me, O Jesus, and have mercy on me in your great mercy.
LITTLE WORK: Forgive the one who has offended you so that God will forgive you in the same measure.
– Don Dolindo Ruotolo (capital headings added)

 

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PRAYER OF CONTRITION

Merciful Father, I am guilty of sin. I confess my sins before You and I am sorry for them. Your promises are just; therefore I trust that You will forgive me my sins and cleanse me from every stain of sin.

Jesus Himself is the propitiation for my sins and those of the whole world. I put my hope in His atonement. May my sins be forgiven through His Name, and in His Blood may my soul be made clean. Amen.

 

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