“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Colossians 3:13

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Make allowance for each other’s faults,

and forgive anyone who offends you.

Remember, the Lord forgave you,

so you must forgive others.

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– Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

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QUOTES…

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“If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you,

your Father in heaven will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others,

then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done.”

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– Our Lord Jesus Christ (Mt 6:14-15)

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“…to forgive the incessant provocations of daily life

– to keep on forgiving […] How can we do it?

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Only, I think, by remembering where we stand,

by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night

"Forgive our trespasses

as we forgive those that trespass against us."

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We are offered forgiveness on no other terms.

To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves.

There is no hint of exceptions

and God means what He says.

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– C. S. Lewis

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“We must be alert so as not to fall into a trap.

There is a risk also in forgiveness.

It consists of the mentality of those who think that they always have something to forgive others

– the danger of believing that one is always a creditor of forgiveness and never a debtor.

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If we reflect well, however,

many times, when we are about to say: "I forgive you!", we would do better to change our attitude and words

and say to the person before us: "Forgive me!"

We would then realise that we also have something that the other must forgive.

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In fact, even more important than forgiving

is the humility to ask for forgiveness.”

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– Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

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"Too many people are caught up in resentment

and harbor hatred because they are incapable of forgiving.

They ruin their own lives and the lives of those around them

rather than finding the joy of serenity and peace.

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Forgiveness – pardon – is surely our direct route to that place in heaven…

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What a great gift the Lord has given us in teaching us to forgive and, in this way, to touch the Father’s mercy!"

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– Pope Francis

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PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Oh Lord, help me forgive those who sin differently than I do.

Oh Lord, make me humble.

Oh Lord, forgive me.

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