Malta Minute with the Catechism: Forgive Us Our Tresspasses

  • Program #: 252
  • Description: What is the most daunting petition in the Lord’s Prayer? The Catholic Catechism says it is when we ask God our Father to forgive our sins as we forgive others, meaning if we do not forgive those who have sinned against us, we don’t expect the Father to forgive us. God’s outpouring of mercy cannot penetrate our hearts as long as we have not forgiven those who have trespassed against us. This is sobering. The Catechism says there has to be a vital participation, coming from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of God. Only the Holy Spirit can make our mind the same as the mind of Jesus Christ who could forgive even those who crucified Him. The heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit can turn injury into compassion, purifying the memory so as to transform the hurt into intercession. Forgiveness bears witness to the world that love is stronger than hate. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

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