March 4

Reflection

There are three kinds of forgiveness, all interrelated. There is self-forgiveness, which enables us to release our guilt and perfectionism. There is the forgiveness we extend to others and receive from them, intimates and enemies alike. And there is the forgiveness of God that assures us of our worth and strengthens us for this practice. All the spiritual traditions raise up the value of forgiveness. forgiveness is freeing. It means that we can move out of our previous position and move on with our lives. Best of all, it enables us to be reconciled with our neighbors and with God so that once again we feel part of the greater community of the spiritual life.
Adapted from Spirituality and Practice

 Prayer

Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

 Action

Look truthfully at one hurt you have not been able to forgive. Identify any associated feelings you might have. Imagine what it would be like to live without feeling this offense. Then let it go.

Suggested Reading

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21

Leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:24

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that God may forgive you your sin.
Mark 11:25

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
Marianne Williamson

You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’
Maya Angelou

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.
Desmond Tutu

We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.
T. D. Jakes

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
Dalai Lama

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
Gerald Jampolsky

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
Paul Boese

To truly forgive is to allow the other person to forget.
Robert Brault

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