We are all sinners in desperate need of God’s mercy and forgiveness. As traditional Catholics we have had more than our fair share of persecution. But if we want to be followers of Jesus Christ we need to obey His teaching about forgiveness.Prodigal Son
For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences. Matthew 6:14-15.
In the last years of my mothers life, she would always say that she forgave anyone who had ever done wrong to her. She kept saying, ‘If I want to be forgiven by God, I need to forgive others’.
The Our Father says the same thing.
‘And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’.
When St. Peter asked Jesus about forgiving, he said:
Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.
Daily we offend God. Daily we offend others, (mostly without intending it). And daily we are offended too. But collecting all this pain and holding on to it just to get back at those who unjustly do terrible actions against us, does no good for us and does nothing to solve the problem.
Let us just focus on what sins we have committed against God and others, and leave the punishment of evil people to God. Our only worry should be to be sure we are forgiven by God for our sins before we die, and not about what happens to those who sin against us.
Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
If we forgive many times, we will be forgiven by God many times. If we are really really sorry for our sins, trying not to commit them again and going to confession, God will endlessly forgive us. There is no amount of times God can forgive us. Once this being said, there is an amount of time in which we can be forgiven and that is before we die. The times of forgiveness is infinite, but the time to be forgiven is finite.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to able to move on from our past sins that have been forgiven in confession and from those who have sinned against us. Let us continue to let go of all hurts, offenses and injustice to be able to freely live today in joy.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.