We all want to go to heaven.
And we all know that to get to heaven, we need to ask the Lord for forgiveness of our sins.
But even if we go to reconciliation regularly, there’s another part of forgiveness that may be holding us back.
It’s our forgiveness of those who have wronged us.
It’s such an important part of our salvation that it’s included in The Lord’s Prayer.
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
But what exactly is forgiveness?
You’ve probably been told a time or two to “forgive and forget.” But some transgressions are hard to forget.
And it’s not easy to forgive someone who isn’t even sorry, yet that’s exactly what the world expects of us.
It’s easy for us to become discouraged if we feel we can’t live up to these expectations about forgiveness. But the forgiveness that the Lord expects of us is not the same as what society tells us.
Genuflect is here to help us better understand Catholic forgiveness so we can all do a better job of forgiving our trespassers. We clarify what Catholic forgiveness is and is not; the role of “letting go” and justice; how the Holy Spirit, Saints, and Angels can help; and prayers for forgiving.
So we can make sure our forgiveness of others won’t keep us from heaven.
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When forgiveness is properly understood, it is much easier to desire, give and receive. When it is not properly understood, forgiveness can be seen as a confusing and heavy burden and, therefore, as something undesirable. Here’s what you need to know.
According to Pope Francis, “forgiving people who have offended us is not easy,” so people must pray to the Lord “to teach me to forgive as you have forgiven me.” Human strength or will is not enough to be able to forgive; it requires grace from the Holy Spirit.
Jesus teaches us to forgive others as our Father forgives us. But are all offenses against us forgivable? And how do we forgive if we are angry? Jimmy Akin addresses these questions, along with what forgiveness is not.
Forgiveness is not mutually exclusive with desiring justice. The two can go together, but that’s not always necessarily the case. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that we don’t desire justice in a particular situation. You don’t need justice in order to forgive. Father Dave replies, “Not understanding the distinction puts us in a society where people don’t forgive.”
Letting go is a self-empowered process that includes sweeping something under the rug or trying to tell yourself that the hurt wasn’t really such a big deal after all. But the truth is, some things really are a big deal, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t just brush them off. Sometimes, letting go is part of the forgiveness process, but it’s not all of it.
Christians must let go of resentments and forgive those who have wronged them so that they may experience God’s forgiveness, Pope Francis said. This can be particularly difficult when “we carry with us a list of things that have been done to us.”
It goes against our sinful human nature to renounce vengeance and to leave our malefactors unpunished, but this is what is expected of us. “‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Rom. 12:19). This very difficult teaching was obeyed by the saints — although in some cases, not without much struggle — and we must also heed it.
The youngest canonized saint often known for being the saint of young people, chastity, and purity is also the patron saint of forgiveness; Saint Maria Goretti. Although only a child she had a great spiritual maturity in that despite being confronted with violence and having mortal wounds inflicted upon her by her attacker she was able to forgive him before she took her last breath.
Are you having trouble forgiving a loved one, a colleague, or someone from your past? Forgiveness can be very healing, but it can also be challenging and scary. Whenever something feels challenging or scary it’s a good cue to seek out support: from loved ones, health-care professionals—and angels!
Forgiveness of one who has hurt you can be very difficult. It is not something that you can simply accomplish overnight. It takes much grace and surrender to God. And it takes much prayer. This chaplet is designed to help those who struggle with forgiving another.
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