LOVE FORGIVES! #GetMercy #GiveMercy #LiveMercy #100WaysIn100Days

100, 99, 98… 85 days left until the end of the Extraordinary #JubileeYearOfMercy. Pope Francis challenges us once again to #GetMercy and #GiveMercy and #BeGodsMercy during and beyond this year of grace and favor from our God. It’s never too late to begin to #LiveMercy. Find and put into practice daily our #100WaysIn100Days:

Love forgives wrongs. Yes, injustices and sins – even those committed knowingly. We are called to love that way, lest we hold on to grudges that end up taking hold of us and placing a stronghold on us, keeping us – and others – in spiritual bondage. Do you love to forgive so that through forgiveness you may love better and more mercifully? God does. God equips us to do the same. Unforgiveness is contrary to love and to Christianity. Forgiveness is Godlike. Sure, “When we have been offended or let down, forgiveness is possible and desirable, but no one can say that it is easy.” But when we forgive fully, freely, generously we truly love and live fully, freely, generously and become more like God, reflecting His image and likeness. Go ahead: forgive someone today!

Lord, #MercyMe and allow me to know and show the #MisericordiaeVultus, the #FaceOfMercy to others beyond the end of the #JubileeOfMercy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Read Pope Francis’ reflection on forgiveness and unforgiveness below. What he says about forgiveness in marriage and family life is true in the workplace, neighborhood, and in society at large.

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Love forgives

105. Once we allow ill will to take root in our hearts, it leads to deep resentment. The phrase ou logízetai to kakón means that love “takes no account of evil”; “it is not resentful”. The opposite of resentment is forgiveness, which is rooted in a positive attitude that seeks to understand other people’s weaknesses and to excuse them. As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34). Yet we keep looking for more and more faults, imagining greater evils, presuming all kinds of bad intentions, and so resentment grows and deepens. Thus, every mistake or lapse on the part of a spouse can harm the bond of love and the stability of the family. Something is wrong when we see every problem as equally serious; in this way, we risk being unduly harsh with the failings of others. The just desire to see our rights respected turns into a thirst for vengeance rather than a reasoned defence of our dignity.

106. When we have been offended or let down, forgiveness is possible and desirable, but no one can say that it is easy. The truth is that “family communion can only be preserved and perfected through a great spirit of sacrifice. It requires, in fact, a ready and generous openness of each and all to understanding, to forbearance, to pardon, to reconciliation. There is no family that does not know how selfishness, discord, tension and conflict violently attack and at times mortally wound its own communion: hence there arise the many and varied forms of division in family life”.113

107. Today we recognize that being able to forgive others implies the liberating experience of understanding and forgiving ourselves. Often our mistakes, or criticism we have received from loved ones, can lead to a loss of self-esteem. We become distant from others, avoiding affection and fearful in our interpersonal relationships. Blaming others becomes falsely reassuring. We need to learn to pray over our past history, to accept ourselves, to learn how to live with our limitations, and even to forgive ourselves, in order to have this same attitude towards others.

108. All this assumes that we ourselves have had the experience of being forgiven by God, justified by his grace and not by our own merits. We have known a love that is prior to any of our own efforts, a love that constantly opens doors, promotes and encourages. If we accept that God’s love is unconditional, that the Father’s love cannot be bought or sold, then we will become capable of showing boundless love and forgiving others even if they have wronged us. Otherwise, our family life will no longer be a place of understanding, support and encouragement, but rather one of constant tension and mutual criticism.

(Amoris Laetitia, 105-108:


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