Sunday, September 2, 2012

To Forgive - 6

     Understanding what needs to be forgiven is important. Remaining safe is also important. However, prolonged rumination upon past offenses mystically disfigures the mind.
     Modeling the character according to Christ's beatitudes transforms the soul and rejuvenates the heart.    
For = on behalf of/ Give = surrender
      At some point, the continual recounting of life's betrayals becomes a flow of words that embitter the throat of the speaker and sting the ears of the listener. Mentally rummaging through the bottomless dumpster of past interpersonal conflict is exhausting. Recounting revives more pain with each telling. When I am old and sitting on my porch in my rocking chair, I don't want the stench of emotional sewage to overtake the fragrance of the multitude of sweet memories in my life. I have a right to edify my soul with beautiful recollections and spirit filled meditations. I am free to surround myself with loving friends, joyful conversation, music, art, and truly happy interactions. 
     Affection for and forgiveness of an emotionally compromised person does not always require being in their company. Recalling past offenses is often the mind's attempt to fortify a safe boundary.  Certain conversations, persons, places and events must, at times, be avoided lest they corrode the soul's joyous communion with Jesus. With the comfort and help of the Holy Spirit, and when emotional stability prevails, loving, caring interactions can take place. It is absolutely essential to lovingly pray to Jesus, asking Him to embrace all persons involved with his unconditional love and mercy. Jesus is always faithful and He loves all of His children.
     The most powerful act of forgiveness is prayer on behalf of those I forgive ~ sincere heartfelt prayers for their happiness and well being. The highest worship I can offer to our Almighty Heavenly Father is frequent worship of Him through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Fasting, under the direction of a holy priest, is another immensely potent spiritual offering, awakening the soul to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. What beautiful ways to surrender every circumstance to our Almighty Father! Though the evil one would not like for us to see the miraculous results of Mass, prayer and fasting, these loving actions, without fail, supernaturally impact each being involved in the process of forgiveness. The forgiver and forgiven are blessed beyond measure. I have experienced this many times in my life.
     A holy priest explained to me that this scriptural passage is a lovely pattern by which to model my character in all of my motives, thoughts, words and actions: 

     The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chapter 5:1-12
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him. And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:  
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. 
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, for they shall have their fill.  
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake.  
Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.
(From the Douay Rheims Roman Catholic Bible)

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