Where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness

(October 4 - October 31)


 

 

Where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness

 

 

Sometimes in human life it seems inevitable that we should argue," he acknowledged, "but what remains important is the art of reconciliation, of forgiveness, of starting anew and not letting bitterness remain in our hearts. (P. Benedict XVI, Message for the 2002 World Day of Peace)

 

Asking for forgiveness, and granting forgiveness, which is likewise an obligation – since everyone is included in the Lord’s admonition: let him or her who is without sin cast the first stone! (cf. Jn8:7) – are indispensable elements for peace. In this way our memory is purified, our hearts are made serene, and our gaze is clearly fixed on what the truth demands if we are to cultivate thoughts of peace. Here I would recall the illuminating words of John Paul II: “There can be no peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness” (BENEDICT XVI TO THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS Monday, 9 January 2006).

 

In turning to the Divine Master, in being converted to Him, in experiencing His mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we will discover a “gaze” that searches us profoundly and gives new life. (Message of his Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2006)

 

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WEEK 1 


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Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12)

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Matthew 6:14)
But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:15)

 

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt.  When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. (Matthew 18:10-35)

 

 

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Today I want to speak to you about forgiveness. I beg of you, Sisters, forgive one another and ask pardon from one another. There is so much suffering and unhappiness because of unforgiveness. … Remember, Sisters, in the Our Father we say, “Forgive us our sin as we forgive.” If you do not forgive, you are not forgiven. Look deep down in your heart. Is there any bitterness against any person? Then try to find that person or write to that person—maybe a sister or a poor person or someone at home. Forgive; otherwise you are not free to love Jesus with an undivided love. Do not keep any bitterness in your heart. … Some say,

“I forgive, but I can't forget.” Confession is the forgiveness—the kind of forgiveness that God gives and we must learn that kind of forgiveness. So many years ago someone said this or did that, and so I say, “She said this, she ... and she ... and she ...” In one place there was a priest who was against the bishop and priests for some reason. There was so much bitterness in his speech each time I visited him and he said to me, “I will not forgive. I won't.” This time when I went, I told him, “This is your chance; ask sorry from your bishop. That is the only word the bishop wants from you.” And I was praying and the sisters were all praying inside. When I finished the prayer he said, “Mother Teresa, give me paper.” So, I gave him the paper and I was so happy. I took him to the bishop and gave the paper, otherwise he might change his mind, and I told him, “This is not enough; say “I forgive”—and he did.”

 

“Forgive . . . as we forgive . . .” What a lie to say “forgive” when you don't forgive. When you come to that part in the Our Father, stop and ask yourself, “Is it true what I am saying?”

 

“Only when we know we need forgiveness, can we forgive. You cannot say the Our Father truthfully—you are telling a lie; examine yourself and see, is there something there you can't forgive? Something there still hurting? Look for that person. 

 

“Receive forgiveness to give forgiveness.”

 

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WEEK 2

 

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Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

 

The Woman Caught in Adultery
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.  But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 1Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin." (John 8:1-11)

 

 

 

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“I think of Our Lord, Who told the people near the sinful woman, to throw the stone only if they were free from sin – and you know what happened they all went away – because they knew that Jesus knew their sins. When we speak uncharitably – behind or in front; when we make those hurtful remarks …let us hear Jesus say to us – throw the stone only if you are free from sin. Tell me who can do it.”

 

“Jesus had compassion on the sinners. That sinful woman standing before Jesus - Jesus did not condemn her. That is confession. I, too, need to be forgiven. Confession is nothing but standing before Jesus like that sinful woman because I have caught myself in sin.”

 

“We must remember – we cannot help seeing the faults of our … people and children, but … we must not ever pass judgment on their intentions – the intention only Jesus knows. That is why Jesus is so very kind and full of mercy because He knows what we really mean each time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

 

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

 

The Parable of the Lost Son
Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything."When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.' The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'  (Luke 15)

 

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“See, that prodigal son could go back to his Father only when he said, “I will rise, I will go, I will tell. I will tell my Father that I am a sinner, that I am sorry.” He couldn't tell his Father “I'm sorry” until he took that step, “I will go.” He knew that in his home there was love, there was kindness—that his Father loved him. Our Lady will help us to do that. Let us do it today: rise and go to the Father and tell Him that we are not worthy to be here—to be His own.”

 

“Father is there to take away your sins from you. We tell our sins to God and obtain forgiveness from God. God takes away our sins. We must be simple like a child, ‘I shall arise and go to my Father.’ And what does God do? ‘Bring the robe, the ring, the shoes, the fatted calf’. . . and see the great joy. Why? Because “My son was dead and has come back to life.’ Same for us; but we must have that simplicity of a child and go to confession. . . . Who can help you to prepare yourself for your confession well? Only Our Lady—never prepare without her; always go to Our Lady. God has been so good to us by giving her as our Mother.”

 

“I will arise and go to my Father.” … Confession—[is] an expression of our need for forgiveness, not discouragement. Confession was not instituted on Good Friday but on Resurrection Sunday, so it is a means of joy. It was not established as a torture, but as a means of joy. In Rome our sisters found a man in one of those houses, terribly dirty. They cleaned his house and washed him but he did not say a word. When they finished everything, he said, “You have brought God in my life, now bring the priest also.” After sixty years he made a good confession. See, Sisters, how wonderful—that humble work brought God into his life.”

 

“One [patient] was struggling to die: he could not die. A sister asked: “Is there something troubling you, something worrying you? Is there something hurting you?”—“Yes, I cannot die until I ask pardon to my father.” So the sister found out the father; his father came. The father: “My beloved child“, the son: “Father, forgive me”. Father and son forgiving each other, kissing and hugging one another. After two hours he died. See how wonderful….”

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WEEK 4

 

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"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

 

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (Luke 23:34)

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace. (Ephesians 1:7)

 

 

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“How unlike Him we are. How little love, how little compassion, how little forgiveness, how little kindness we have that we are not worthy to be so close to Him—to enter His heart. For His heart is still open to embrace us. His head is still crowned with thorns, His hands nailed to the Cross today. Let us find out, “Are the nails mine? That sputum on His face mine? What part of His body, of His mind has suffered because of me?” Not with anxiety or fear but with a meek and humble heart, let us find out what part of His body has [suffered], [what are] the wounds inflicted by my sin. Let us not go alone but put my hand in His. He is there to forgive seventy times seven; as long as I know my Father loves me, He has called me in a special way, given me a name; I belong to Him with all my misery, my sin, my weakness, my goodness . . .

that I am His . . .”

 

“One thing is necessary for us—confession. Confession is nothing but humility in action. We called it penance, but really it is a sacrament of love, a sacrament of forgiveness. That is why it should not be a place of talking for long hours about our difficulties. It is a place where I allow Jesus to take away from me everything that divides, that destroys. When there is a gap between me and Christ and my love is divided, then anything can come to fill up the gap. If you really want to understand the love of Christ for us, go to confession. Be very simple and child-like in confession: “Here I am as a child—going to her Father.” If a child is not yet spoilt and has not learnt to tell lies, he will tell out everything. This is what I mean by “child-like” and this is what we must imitate in confession.”

 

 “Let us respond to the tremendous thirst of God by our loving trust in His love for us and total surrender to His will with joy. Let us turn to God with deep faith and love, repenting for our sins and begging for His mercy. Let us turn to each other also in love and trust asking pardon for all the hurt we have caused others and forgiving all for the hurt we have received.”

 

“Jesus wants to use us to be His mercy, His compassion. That is a Missionary of Charity. Carry His love, His peace.”

 

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 


Copyright © Mother Teresa Center

Holy Fathers Words Copyright © Libreria Editrice Vaticana 

 

 

Additional passages for reflection:

 

Psalm 130:2-4: 
O Lord, hear my voice. 
Let your ears be attentive 
to my cry for mercy.
If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, 
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness
therefore you are feared.

 

Mark 2:5:

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."


Mark 11:25:

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."


Luke 15:1-10:

 Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
 Then Jesus told them this parable:"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin

    "Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? 9And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."


Luke 17:3-4:

So watch yourselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him." 

 

 

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Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love.

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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