Forgive our trespasses, especially those in need of Thy mercy.
by Prof. Barbara S. Reall
(Fort Pierce,FL 34951)
St. John of the Cross told us that "Whenever anything disagreeable happens to you, remember that Christ was crucified and be silent." These words are tremendously significant of having love, patience, kindness, compassion, peace, mercy, and respect for EVERYONE! Regardless of what someone may do or say to us, about our family, or any one of God's beloved children on the earth, we must accept it and never be disrespectful to one of God's beloved children. Jesus did tell us that He "hated the sin but loved the sinner." This is what we must do to everyone who, in any way, trespasses against us. During Jesus' crucifixion, he did look up to Our Heavenly Father and asked Him to "Forgive them; they don't know what they are doing." Those are the words we must keep in mind during any experience we have with someone who does something which is "unacceptable". We must always remember that we should "make ourselves familiar with the Angels. Without being seen, they are present with us." We also must accept the words of St Paul of the Cross: "The cross is the way to paradise, but only when it is carried willingly." We also must definitely remember these Biblical words from Luke 6:37: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." This is the result of comprehension of God's love for everyone! AMEN
Prof. Barbara S. Reall