Deeper Forgiveness

Posted: September 19, 2016 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys

Journeying through the year of Mercy deeply reflecting on Compassion, Mercy and Forgiveness has been fruitful.

I have come to realisation that we all have need of mercy and forgiveness at one time or another. We had turned to our loving Father pleading that He be compassionate and merciful for the many sins against Him. We prayed through the Psalms that He blot out our offences and remember Not our sins. How can we then say to our brother or sister ok I forgive but I will never forget? How can we withhold our forgiveness when Jesus did not withhold His forgiveness and forgave all of us as He hung from the cross?

Personally I had suffered personal attacks of character assassination through gossip, been hurt and disillusioned with three very close friends beginning late last year and early this year. I was angered, hurt and saddened all at the same time. I prayed for the strength to forgive and the fortitude to let it all go.

Slowly but surely through deep prayer and reflection I managed to forgive them in my heart. I could not see however any chance of reconciliation since they were not on speaking terms with me. I decided that regardless the situation I would offer them up at every Eucharist, praying for their healing and well being.

After about three months one of them came up to me after the Saturday morning Eucharist gave me hug and made peace. The following week on Sunday morning the second one crossed paths with me outside the confessional we hugged and made peace. The next week I received a message through a friend that the third one wanted to meet up on Sunday to make peace. I was astounded and in awe of the mysterious Grace of God which was working in our lives.

I took to prayer immediately thanking the Lord for His great love, compassion and the graces of His divine mercy which flows from His heart. He then spoke this message to my heart, “A disciple of mine should only concern himself with the saving of a soul. Be it an errant or lost one. There is nothing more precious to me. And it should be just as precious to you as your soul is to me.”

My lord and God, my Jesus, thank you for this profound message. Help me to live it out according to Your Will. Amen

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