Why did Jesus pray to his Father to pardon his enemies, when he himself could have forgiven their injuries?
St Bernard replies that he prayed to his Father, not because he could not himself forgive them, but that he might teach us to pray for those who persecute us.
From Thoughts from St Alphonsus for Every Day
Compiled by Rev. C. McNeiry, C.SS.R.
Imprimatur: Joseph Hull, C.SS.R., Prov. Angl. Sup.
Nihil Obstat: Innocentlus Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor Deptutatus.
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius Generalis.
Westmonasterii, Die 9a Junii, 1927.
First published 1927