Tag: Forgiveness

Accepting God’s Mercy

One Saturday evening in California many years ago, much of the small community of Grass Valley lost power due to a fierce storm marked by heavy rains and strong winds. The pastor of the Catholic parish, Fr. O’Malley, was working on his Sunday homily...

An Offer that Cannot Be Refused

The phrase that comes to my mind reflecting on the Gospel passage from Matthew (18:21-35) is the one immortalized in the book and film The Godfather: “An offer that cannot be refused.”  Yes, when it comes to forgiving or unwillingness to...

Forgive Yourself Now and Forever

Forgiveness is a regular theme I discuss in my ministry, Spirit Filled Hearts. We must certainly forgive our neighbor, as we pledge to do every time we recite the “Our Father,” but we must remember, too, to forgive ourselves. We are forgiven! Amen...

Fasting, Forgiveness, and Miracles

If you are looking to be more successful in your prayer life, two practices I strongly recommend are to pray with others, and to combine your prayers with some form of penance such as fasting. Fasting may be an alien concept to many Catholics...

Being Always Open to Love and Forgiveness

I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. (Luke 16:9) What could possibly be the meaning of such an obscure phrase? Evidently both back then and nowadays...

To Forgive is Divine

We have often heard the saying, “to err is human and to forgive divine.”  We need God to give us the grace to forgive ourselves and those who have hurt us, and to forgive God when our lives don’t turn out the way we believe they should. ...

Forgiveness Through Inner Healing- Part 2

It is important that we build spiritual muscle. One of the critical areas for us is the sacraments. We can’t have the forgiveness we need within our minds unless we are healed through the sacraments. This is especially true for the Sacrament of...

Forgiveness Through Inner Healing

We are emotional beings. No matter how much we try to bury them, our emotions find a way of surfacing. We need healing in order to not have animosity and a lack of forgiveness in our lives. What is healing? It is the process of...