September 13, 2020
Fr. John Mary helps us escape the bonds of evil by teaching us three fundamental exercises to liberate us from Satan’s poison of ‘unforgiveness’. We are called to exemplify the crucified Jesus who asked for forgiveness of others while nailed to the cross.
- Jesus wants us to know the power of forgiveness which is a liberating antidote.
- Forgiveness is NOT accepting evil, denying justice or the same as forgetting.
- When Jesus says to forgive from your heart, He is talking about an act of the will, not about a feeling.
- Our Blessed Mother had to make the ultimate act of forgiveness for those who crucified Her Son.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you 1) come to Jesus crucified, 2) ask for His help and 3) ask the Lord to forgive in us
Wrath and anger are hateful things, yet the sinner hugs them tight. Jesus calls us to forgive our brothers. Sometimes it is not too hard and sometimes it is extremely hard. Jesus is asking because He knows how powerful it is to forgive. Not forgiving is like a poison and the power of evil begins to grow.
Father gives us helps on forgiveness. Forgiveness is like an antidote and can liberate us. Mass is a good time to forgive someone. It can be more than one person. At the Offertory we can offer to the Lord the act of forgiveness. Go to Jesus at the foot of the cross and unite ourselves to Him on the cross. The grace will flow. Maybe we don’t want to forgive anyone, but we can do it for Jesus. We can acknowledge our weakness and ask Jesus to forgive us. It is good to remember while Jesus was suffering on the cross, He asked for forgiveness for the people hurting them.