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The Holy Year of Mercy - A Podcast

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The Holy Year of Mercy - A Podcast

Spiritual Work of Mercy - Forgive Offenses - Luke Streher


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When St. Peter asks our Lord in scripture, 'Lord, how often must my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Our Lord replies ’I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’

In this episode of our Holy Year of Mercy Podcast, Luke Streher, General Manager of CRADIO, reflects on the spiritual work of mercy, forgive offenses.

Forgiveness is a core theme of the Gospel message. It may often seem like mercy means forgiveness. But as we may have learned during this Year of Mercy, forgiveness is only one aspect of 'mercy'.

Forgiveness can be difficult. The pain and suffering we experience may seem too much for us to overcome, but we must remember the following: firstly, that forgiveness does not mean that the one who has offended us has done nothing wrong - that their offence was a good thing. In fact, it is a bad thing, and that is why we forgive them. Secondly, we do not need to wait for our feelings to change before we can forgive, or forgiveness is a resolve to let go of the spite and resentfulness within us. We do not wait for that spite or resentfulness to leave before we can forgive, but rather, we forgive even if we still have those feelings within us and those feelings can subside as a result of that forgiveness. And thirdly, we pray for the grace to forgive.

The Lord has loved us so much through His forgiveness and when we forgive others, we are on the path to loving others as He loves us. That is why we are called to live out this spiritual work of mercy.