Thursday, April 15, 2010

Principles and Practices - April 16

The Model of Forgiveness

Hard, proud hearts of men, you who find it so hard to forgive; you whose pride is so easily wounded, so hardly healed, you whose resentment is quickly roused, so long before it dies away; you who cherish enmities for long years, who will not be reconciled, who keep up disagree­ments, who will not take the first step to the restora­tion of friendship; who will not humble yourselves in the least degree, who will not condescend to ex­plain a misunderstanding - listen and learn to these words which came from Jesus on the Cross: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

-Father Hughes.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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