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Forgive us our trespasses
Jn 3: 14-15: Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in him.
Col 1: 13-14: The Father rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. Through him we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins.
Lk 23: 34: Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.
Mt 5: 23-24: If you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift at the altar, go first to be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Lk 6: 36: Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate.
A Mother who was “All heart”: Pages 126-127, 153-154
Loving God as she did with all her heart and above all things, Mother Leonie abhorred sin. She felt that offending God is a shameful thing. She wrote: “Let the torments of Jesus remain so profoundly engraved in my heart that I may never commit a single sin of my own volition.” Therefore, she went to confession regularly so as to be purified of anything that might have displeased God.
It is because he is Love that, in creating human beings, he had a dream that they would become his adopted children, even able to commune to his own life. But we know how history went: Human beings refused to dream God’s dream. They wanted to build themselves up without God (Gn 3) and so, sin happened: a dreadful refusal to love!
What was God’s reaction? Did he abandon them to their sin and misery? No indeed, for then he would no longer have been Love. Incessantly, all along the Old Testament, he offered them his forgiveness, he invited them to renew their covenant with him.
Saint John wrote: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him may not die.” Jesus showed us that God’s heart is really a heart of love, tenderness, patience and mercy.
Learning to forgive can only be done by the strength and grace of God. Some wounds are humanly unforgivable by our own strength. With God it is possible to keep a great inner peace. Only the Holy Spirit can guide us and give us the strength to do it and teach us how to do it.
A daily practice: Never go to bed at night without asking God for forgiveness for our lack of love.
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