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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday of the First week of Lent

Saint John-Mary Vianney (1786-1859), priest, curé of Ars Selected thoughts of the Curé d'Ars "Forgiveness is the Law"

Tuesday of the First week of Lent

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Saint John-Mary Vianney (1786-1859), priest, curé of Ars Selected thoughts of the Curé d'Ars

                            "Forgiveness is the Law"

     God will only forgive those who have forgiven: that is the Law. The saints are without hatred, without venom, they forgive everyone and always esteem that they merit far more for the sins they themselves have committed against God. As soon as we hate our neighbor, God pays back that hatred: this is a characteristic that rebounds against ourselves. On one occasion I said to someone: “But don’t you want to go to heaven that you don’t wish to see this person? – Oh yes, indeed!... But we try hard to stay distanced from one another and not see each other.” These will not have that distress for heaven’s door is closed to hatred. 

     In heaven there is no resentment. Therefore sound, lowly hearts that take abuse and calumny with joy or with indifference begin their heaven in this world, and those who hold on to their resentment are the unfortunate ones (…) The way to overturn the devil when he stirs up hateful thoughts in us against those who do us wrong is to pray for them without delay. This is how we come to conquer evil by good and this is what the saints are like.

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