Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’
 
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Pilgrimage of Mercy: Tour of the Major Relics of St. Maria Goretti

In 55 days, Fr. Carlos Martins and his team brought the major relics of St. Maria Goretti to 54 cities across the United States. They wish that the story of the saint would inspire people to be more merciful.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 14


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A Lesson about Forgiveness: The Story of St. Maria Goretti

Among the saints canonized by the Catholic Church, St. Maria Goretti is one of the youngest. She was just 11 years old when she died. Maria died of a fatal attack by her neighbour Alessandro, after she refused to submit to his sexual advances. Fountain of Grace's production team followed Fr. Carlos Martins to Maria's former residence to learn about forgiveness from this saint.
Publish date: 2018 - 7 - 7


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Pope Francis: The peace of Christ cannot take root in a heart incapable of living fraternity and of repairing it after having wounded it

(CNA/EWTN News) At the general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the recitation of the Our Father at Mass, asking if when we pray it, we understand whom we are praying to and the relationship we are called to have with him.
Publish date: 2018 - 3 - 15


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Forgive from the heart

“forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” (The Lord’s Prayer)
Publish date: 2017 - 9 - 17


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Pope Francis: God forgives sins, because he wants the total, definitive freedom of man’s heart

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Church doesn't exist for people without faults, but for sinners in need of God's mercy – a point he often returns to – and lamented the fact that there are many Catholics who believe the opposite.
Publish date: 2017 - 8 - 9


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Pope Francis: All Christians must forgive! Because they have been forgiven

(CNA/EWTN News) On Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected on the theme of the Jubilee of Mercy, “Merciful like the Father,” telling pilgrims that while imitating God’s love can seem impossible, it’s genuine effort, rather than quantity, that matters.
Publish date: 2016 - 9 - 22


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Pope Francis: Every sin was carried by the Son to the Cross

(CNA/EWTN News) God’s mercy is for everyone, and Jesus Christ is proof, Pope Francis said on Wednesday. “In every moment of his earthly life, Jesus made mercy visible: meeting the crowds, announcing the Gospel, healing the sick, drawing close to the forgotten, pardoning sinners. He showed a love open to all, a love which was fulfilled on the cross,” the Pope said April 6.
Publish date: 2016 - 4 - 7


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Pope Francis: God eliminates our sin from its very roots

(Vatican Radio) “God is greater than all the sins we may commit! God is greater than our sin!” That’s what Pope Francis reminded pilgrims at the General Audience Wednesday 30 March. In his remarks in Italian, the Pope said God's infinite mercy wipes away our sins like the dry cleaner eliminates the stains from our clothes.
Publish date: 2016 - 3 - 31


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Pope Francis: It is only in responding with good that evil can be truly defeated

(CNA/EWTN News) When God is described in the Bible as being both merciful and just it can seem like an identity crisis, however Pope Francis said it’s the opposite: rather than contradicting each other, the two actually go hand in hand.
Publish date: 2016 - 2 - 3


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Pope Francis: Within the family we learn how to forgive

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Family reflected on the power of forgiveness in families and compared everyday family life to an ongoing pilgrimage of prayer and love. “How important it is for our families to journey together towards a single goal! We know that we have a road to travel together; a road along which we encounter difficulties but also enjoy moments of joy and consolation,” the Pope said December 27 in his morning homily at St. Peter’s Basilica.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 30


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Pope Francis: Forgiveness and mercy are more than just nice words, they must be lived out in daily life

(CNA/EWTN News) The Church is the “living sign” of God's love and mercy in the world, Pope Francis said during his Wednesday general audience. He reflected on the universality of communion as demonstrated by the global scale of the Jubilee of Mercy. “May this ecclesial communion become more and more intense, because the Church is in the world the living sign of the love and mercy of the Father,” the Pope said in his December 16 catechesis.
Publish date: 2015 - 12 - 16


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Pope Francis: May we take advantage of this moment and cross the threshold of this mercy of God

(CNA/EWTN News) Pope Francis Wednesday centered his weekly catechesis on the upcoming Year of Mercy, urging the Church not only to keep its doors open, but to go out to those who may not have the strength to enter.
Publish date: 2015 - 11 - 18


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Pope Francis: We cannot live without forgiveness, especially in the family

(CNA/EWTN News) Delivering his Wednesday general audience address a little more than a week after the close of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis spoke on the role of forgiveness in helping families become a force for the betterment of society. “The practice of forgiveness not only preserves families from division,” but allows them to aid society in becoming “less evil and cruel,” the Pope said during his November 4 weekly audience address in St. Peter's Square.
Publish date: 2015 - 11 - 5


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Pope Francis: ‘May I,’ ‘thank you’ and ‘I’m sorry’ – their absence can cause cracks in the foundation of the family

(CNA/EWTN News) In his general audience Pope Francis focused on the concrete challenges families face in daily life, and said that simply remembering to be grateful and to apologize can go a long way in avoiding conflict.
Publish date: 2015 - 5 - 15


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Pope Francis: God’s will is that we grow in our capacity to forgive and to love, and to resemble Jesus

(CNA/EWTN News) During his weekly general audience on August 27, Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ. “In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does […]
Publish date: 2014 - 8 - 28


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Live not in your grave

Fifth Sunday of Lent “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8) Living according to the flesh is like living according to one’s will and desires, focusing on one’s needs rather than others’. When we are so self-centred, we are trapped within our own self, our grave, and we will die. Jesus […]
Publish date: 2014 - 4 - 6


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Pope Francis: Every time we go to confession, God embraces us

(CNA) During his Wednesday audience on February 19, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter’s Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. The Pope said that: “Forgiveness is not a result of our efforts, but is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit who showers us with mercy and grace that […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 19


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Pope Francis: The Eucharist helps us to see the face of Christ in others

(CNA/EWTN News) During his general audience on February 12, Pope Francis reflected on how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, explaining that it helps us to truly encounter others as a community, and opens us to God’s mercy. The Pope wished to explore “how we live the Eucharist in our daily lives, as […]
Publish date: 2014 - 2 - 12


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Pope Francis: God never tires of forgiving us

(CNA/EWTN News) – In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the power Jesus gave the apostles to forgive sins in his name, stating that priest’s should exercise this ministry with “humility”. “First and foremost, the protagonist of the forgiveness of sins is the Holy Spirit,” he noted, recalling how Jesus bestowed the Spirit […]
Publish date: 2013 - 11 - 20


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Proclaim Jesus is Lord

為了準備門徒去面對將來的迫害,耶穌在兩方面安慰和鼓勵他們:只要他們在人前承認祂,祂將來也要在天主的使者前承認他們;當他們受審時,聖神自會教他們應說的話。 得到這樣的承諾,門徒們該很安心,但其實真要面對時,實在一點都不容易。回顧被耶穌揀選為教會磐石、並說過決不會跌倒的伯多祿,都曾三次否認耶穌,我們就可想像,在面對迫害時仍然勇於宣認耶穌基督是主,可以有多困難。 耶穌也提醒我們,出言干犯祂的人,可獲得赦免,可是為何褻瀆聖神,卻不能獲得赦免呢?一般的罪,都是出於人的軟弱,所以伯多祿雖然否認過耶穌,但他願意悔改,也就得到天主的寬恕。出言干犯耶穌,也是基於祂的人性,例如說耶穌是貪吃嗜酒的人,或批評祂是稅吏和罪人的朋友(瑪11:19),這也可以被寬恕。可是「褻瀆聖神」,卻是一個褻瀆天主的罪,故意違背良知和真理;就如法利塞人漠視顯而易見的事實,心硬地批評耶穌驅魔,是仗賴魔王貝爾則布(瑪12:24),這樣違背良心地褻瀆耶穌的天主性,是把自己置於不能接受天主的原諒和恩寵的境況中。 在這世代,我們較少機會遭受肉體上的迫害,但要公然宣認耶穌是我們的救主,並生活出基督徒的身份和價值觀,也難免會受到批評、譏笑或歧視。當我們遇上這些情況時,讓我們祈求天主給我們勇氣和耐心,堅守對基督的信仰,繼續以言行為主作證。 這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫,內容以下列文章為根據: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 常年期第二十八週星期六. To prepare His disciples for the persecutions that is to come, Jesus consoled and encouraged them in two ways: He promised as long as they acknowledge Him before others, He will acknowledge them before the angels of God; when they are […]
Publish date: 2013 - 10 - 19


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But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little

路加福音 7:36-8:3 耶穌在今天的福音中說了一個比喻,關於兩個欠債的人,當中一個欠得比另一個多。兩人都無力償還,債主就開恩,赦免了他們兩人。耶穌問,他們中誰更愛那債主呢? 這兩位欠債的人,雖然有一個欠債比較多,但兩人都沒有辦法憑自己的能力清還,兩人同樣要依靠債主的恩典。 當時的法利塞人以為只要遵守梅瑟律法中的每一條就自以為聖善,自以為離罪惡很遠。他們以為憑自己的能力,不觸犯律法,這樣就能賺得救恩。但福音中那位罪婦,她自己知道犯了很多罪,她愛耶穌,因為她很清楚自己極需要祂。 我們有否自恃「行為正直」,自覺做得還算不錯?耶穌說:「那少得赦免的,是愛的少」我們如果意識不到我們是如何需要天主的寬恕,就不會很愛祂。我們要祈求一顆破碎和謙卑的心,只有這樣,我們才能真正為寬恕和救贖的福音感到欣喜。 Luke 7:36-8:3 In today’s gospel, Jesus told a parable about two people who had a debt which neither could repay. One had a larger debt than the other. The creditor forgave it for both. Jesus asked, which of them will love the creditor more? For the two people who […]
Publish date: 2013 - 6 - 16


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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Everyone makes mistakes, but we have to pick ourselves up after falling into sin. The sacrament of reconciliation that Jesus instituted let Catholics receive forgiveness through the grace of God and make us become better persons.
Publish date: 2010 - 3 - 28