Saturday, September 1, 2012

To Forgive- 5

2 Corinthians 10:5 "And every height that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every understanding unto the obedience of Christ."

       Unwillingness to forgive begins in the mind. Within the unforgiving mind, the offense of the neighbor or brother is replayed like a "broken record" over and over and over again. 
For = on behalf of/ Give = surrender
          Our Catholic tradition gives us a beautiful tool to help us grapple with wandering thoughts. Sacred Catholic art catches the eyes' attention and lifts the soul into the loving embrace of our Lord. Contemplation on this beautiful ancient painting, for example, helps us to imitate the holiness of Jesus. His sacrifice was on behalf of all of our Lord's children. He surrendered His life to the Will of our Heavenly Father, so that all who choose to follow Him may gain entry into Heaven.  The Gospel of John Chapter 17 reminds us that Jesus continually prays for us. This scriptural passage is well worth frequent meditation. When the senses and mind are filled with the Holy character of Jesus and the knowledge of His ceaseless intercession for us, there is no room for the bitterness that comes from an unwillingness to forgive.
     Forgiveness is a joyous spiritual discipline which takes a lifetime to master. Praises be to our Almighty Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for the divine gift of unconditional love!

Praises be to Jesus forever!
May the Holy Spirit of our Lord assist me, as, on behalf of the salvation of my soul and the soul of my neighbor, I surrender to our Eternal Father's Holy Will.
May my every motive, thought, word and action glorify our Almighty Father.
May I imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary as I heartily strive to obey our Savior Jesus Christ.

En Los Corazones de Jesús y María