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Today’s gospel is Luke 6: 36-38 and it offers us three important keys to having a fruitful and blessed Lent:

Mercy, forgiveness, and generosity.

It’s difficult to separate these three because if you think about it, you can’t have one without the other. I hope you enjoy this brief reflection and find it helpful to you as you continue your journey through Lent.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Tony-705734 March 17, 2014

    I don’t know about others, but for me, forgiving someone isn’t the problem. It’s forgetting what was done that is the problem. Some may think about the old saying, “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it,” and keep up the barriers of not forgetting so that it doesn’t happen again.

    • Patti-1056425 March 19, 2014

      I agree that you shouldn’t forget what happened. But to truly forgive, you can’t walk around with a chip on your shoulder and calling out the person that you’ve supposedly “forgiven”. If you have forgiven them, you move on with your life and let them move on with theirs. For example, I dated a guy who said he had told his ex-wife he had forgiven her, but would constantly bring up how bad she was to him their entire married life. Obviously he had said the words “I’m sorry” to her, but not meant it in his heart.

      Please note that I’m not saying it isn’t ok to discuss what happened in a previous relationship if questioned, even specific details if they are asked and appropriate can be divuldged to the questioner, but to dwell on it means you haven’t forgiven the other person.

      • Tony-705734 March 19, 2014

        I understand what you are saying. You do make a case there about holding grudges. I just think that it may be tough for those that have the “protective barriers” up to let them down.

  2. Ajeer-592775 March 23, 2014

    I find it difficult to forgive those who reduced my wages in order to protect their profits.

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