Thursday of the Nineteenth week in Ordinary Time
“Forgive our sins as we also forgive those who sin against us” (Lk 11:4)
Every night before you go to bed you must make an examination of conscience (because you don't know if you will be alive in the morning!). Whatever is troubling you, or whatever wrong you may have done, you need to repair it. For example, if you have stolen something, then try to give it back. If you have hurt somebody, try to make up to that person; do it directly. If you cannot make up like that, at least then make up with God by saying, "I'm very sorry." This is important because just as we have acts of love, we also must have acts of contrition. You could say, "Lord, I'm sorry for having offended you and I promise you I will try not to offend you again," something like this. It feels good to be free of burdens, to have a clean heart. Remember that God is merciful, He is the merciful father to us all. We are His children and He will forgive and forget if we remember to do so.
Examine your heart first, though, to see if there is any lack of forgiveness of others still inside, because how can we ask God for forgiveness if we cannot forgive others? Remember, if you truly repent, if you really mean it with a clean heart, you will be absolved in God’s eyes.He will forgive you if you truly confess to Him. So pray to be able to forgive those who have hurt you or whom you don’t like, and forgive as you have been forgiven.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), founder of the Missionary Sisters of Charity
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