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March 27th, 2013

Let Us Forgive And Forget

Let Us Forgive And Forget

It happened years back. I had a mild quarrel with my wife Stella. She came to me for a compromise but I was not ready. She apologized; still I was reluctant to forgive. Then she asked me a question: “What, if God does the same to you? If He is unmoved?”

These words flashed through my mind like a lightning. What will happen to me, if God is hesitant to forgive me? Wouldn’t my life be a disaster if God did not forgive all the sins I committed through words and deeds all through my life. How can I wholeheartedly pray in this state; ‘Forgive my sins as I forgive those who sin against me?’ Suddenly my anger and persistence melted and I was ready for a compromise.

Many people lose their peace of mind being hard heartened at the call of the Lord to repent. Every obstinate behavior has its root in pride. Only when we are humble we could forgive and love one another wholeheartedly. The thirst to execute our justice and put away God’s justice is hidden in obstinate nature.

I have come across many ‘pious’ people reluctant to forgive the small mistakes of previous years done by their parents. Some are unable to forgive their dead foes. Some others ruin their life persisting without forgiving. Like other sins, unforgiving nature also has an intoxicating effect. We should open our minds to Christ’s unconditional love, to be able to forgive.

God gave us His only son unconditionally. Son of God died for us without complaining and remorse, accepting all the sufferings. Therefore we should give up our unforgiving mind though others do not change their attitudes. Lenten season is a special opportunity for being humble and loving others. Unless we sacrifice our Self, we cannot forgive completely. Let us build a new culture of love emptying ourselves of all selfishness.

Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help us to forgive unconditionally all those who have offended us. Let this season be a moment to strip out the old man within ourselves and enter into the joy of resurrection with a new life. Amen.

– – – written by Benny Punnathara

March 20th, 2012

Will God Forgive My Grave Sins?

Will God Forgive My Grave Sins

Have you ever committed a grave sin? Are you doubting whether God will forgive your grave sins? Are you in doubts and have not done a confession for a long time, or not believing in confession?

I would like to share something that helped me to give importance to confession and changed my life to see things differently, trusting the Lord who is always there waiting for our call to guide us.

The Story of God’s Forgiveness

Once there was a wealthy young man, God-fearing in nature who got married to a beautiful young lady. Both were very happy but the woman even though she was provided with everything the world could give was not happy. The man being a good person gave everything to make her happy but still she would always be disturbed and unhappy. He showed her to the best doctors, councillors, took her to different exotic places around the world but nothing could change her.

One fine day, there was a preacher who had come to their parish to give a retreat and this man took his wife for blessing and counselling. The only thing that the wife said was she has committed a great sin in the past before marriage for which she had confess and that she is sure even after confession it cannot be forgiven. Understanding her concern the father told the lady to come along with him for a walk by the river side that evening.

While walking on the banks of the river the preacher took this opportunity to tell her to pretend that they are talking to God and confessing their sins to God. And as a penance God is asking them to pick up a stone equivalent to the size of their sin and to throw the stone in the sea. The preacher takes a small stone to the size of his sin and throws it in the water asking the lady what she saw in the water. She replied that there was a noise with a small splash and the stone slowly sank in the river.

Now was the turn of the lady to do the same and the preacher said; knowing her sin he will help her carry a big stone that she chooses to throw. Picking up the huge stone they did the same as the preacher had done, threw the stone in the sea. Once again the preacher questioned the lady asking her to describe what she saw. This time also her answer was the same but it made a very big noise with a huge splash of water so big that they were wet and the stone went into the sea sinking slowly with calmness coming to the river once again.

Keeping the experiment in mind the preacher compared the woman sin saying even though both of them had different stone to the size of their sins once thrown into the seas both could not be seen and that after the stones sank they brought calmness once again.

Nature of God’s Forgiveness

The is what the preacher made the women understand that once we confess our sins to God they are surely forgiven, no matter how big or dangerous they may be, never to be seen again. Just as the east and the west cannot meet each other, the same way God also forgives our sins never to look back at them again.

Once the woman understood this formula and changed the way she was thinking, there was great rejoicing and happiness in her married life and she was able to love her husband like never before. We need to guard our spoken word to receive only by saying what we desire to have which is acceptable and pleasing to God.

So my friends, please remember: However grave your sins maybe, the infinite kindness and love of our Lord will erase even your gravest sins forever, once you confess your sins truly and wholeheartedly to God.

– – – written by Tome de Souza

October 12th, 2011

Forgive Me For The Things

Please Forgive Me

Forgive me for the things I have done
and not done.
Forgive me for the things I have said
and not said.
Forgive me for the life I have lived
and not lived.
That I might reflect the image
of the one I profess to follow
in thought, and word and deed
and in discovering my true self
draw others into that light.

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