MONDAY DAY 14
THEY FORGIVE EVERYTHING
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:14-15
It goes against our sinful human nature to renounce vengeance and to leave our malefactors unpunished, but this is what is expected of us. “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19). This very difficult teaching was obeyed by the Saints — although in some cases, not without much struggle — and we must also heed it. The first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, gives us a powerful example of Christian forgiveness. The Acts of the Apostles tells how he was stoned to death for his fearless proclamation of the Gospel. His last words were “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”(Acts 7:60)
This was also the sentiment expressed by the virgin and martyr St. Maria Goretti, who was murdered in 1902 when she was only twelve. Maria was assaulted by a neighbouring youth named Alessandro Serenelli; when she resisted his sexual advances, the enraged youth repeatedly stabbed her. Before dying in a hospital, the following day, Maria expressed her forgiveness of Alessandro. (It was eight years before he accepted it; Alessandro was unrepentant in prison, until he had a dream of Maria gathering flowers and presenting them to him.) St. John Vianney noted, “The Saints have no hatred, no bitterness; they forgive everything, and think they deserve much more for their offenses against God.” The founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola, once walked a hundred miles during the winter to nurse a man who had fallen ill — a man who, only a few weeks earlier, had stolen Ignatius’ meagre savings.
St. Augustine noted, “There are many kinds of alms, the giving of which helps us to obtain pardon for our sins; but none is greater than that by which we forgive from our heart a sin that someone has committed against us.”
MASS: RED EXALTATION OF THE CROSS (FEAST) Num 21:4b-9; Ps 78:1-2.34-35.36-37.38.(R.7b); Phil 2:6-11; We adore you, o Christ and we bless you because by your cross you have redeemed the word Gosp Jn 3:13-17
1. Dear Lord, I thank You for the power of forgiveness, and I choose to forgive everyone who has hurt me. Help me set [name anyone who has offended you] free and release them to You [Romans 12:19]. Help me bless those who have hurt me [Romans 12:14]. Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. I choose to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as You forgave me [Ephesians 4:32]. in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
Exercise: Join the DSDPN every Tuesday early Morning Prayer Session From 1:00am -2:00am.
DSDPN PRAYER POINTS:
1. Take the Rosary of Divine Mercy
2. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-13, now begin to sing the song, “Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me…, Now pray for the manifestation of the gift of the Holy Spirit or revival of the gift of the Holy Spirit in your life.
Meditation: Ephesians 4:32