Tag: forgiveness

Forgiveness According to Mother Teresa

Forgiveness is tricky business, but Mother Teresa puts it simply: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you.  Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.... Read more »

And if You Don't Forgive Me, I'll Understand

Dear Mommy, I’m very sorry for talking back.  I love you … Please forgive me.  And if you don’t, I understand. Love B I found this note while cleaning some dresser drawers.  A note from my daughter written in bright red permanent marker.  A sticky note was attached to it, a hasty, makeshift piece of... Read more »

The Difficulties of my Ongoing Conversion

The most difficult part of ongoing conversion is admitting that we really are sinners and allowing God to see and forgive us as we are, with all our faults unmended and all our flaws showing, especially the ones over which we seem to have no control. – Today’s Magnificat I have a tendency to be... Read more »

Tis the Season to Forgive, Not Just Give

This is the season to give, but I think it’s also a good time to forgive. I’ve been thinking about my mother lately.  Her birthday is the 12th of this month.  She would have been 87. Long before I became Catholic, I went to a psychologist to help me sort out my life.  Probably the... Read more »

The Layers of the Onion

“Forgiveness is like the layers of an onion.  As the layers are peeled away, you either get a bad smell or a sweet taste.” – Siblingless  😉 Out of everything Christians believe in, forgiveness is probably the most difficult. In one of my previous blogs, I wrote about my own experience.  I have found that there... Read more »

Seven Times Seventy!

Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.”  Matthew 18:21-35 (NAB) The beginning of today’s Gospel has reverberated throughout history.  I would venture to guess that most... Read more »

Lenten Mission With Dr. Jerry Galipeau

Monday and Tuesday of last week, my husband and I attended a Lenten Mission at St. Andrew’s on Paulina and Addison.  The mission speaker was Dr. Jerry Galipeau who is the Associate Publisher at World Library Publications which is the music and liturgy division of J. S. Paluch Company. It’s difficult to do justice to... Read more »

F-Bombs & Other Curse Words

It seems like you can’t turn on the TV these days without hearing the f-bomb and other assorted curse words.  Don’t people know how to talk anymore?  I am not an innocent in this matter.  I’ve been known to swear on occasion, mostly when I’m by myself.  I’ll drop and break something, hit my crazy... Read more »


There are dozens of books on forgiveness.  Self-help type books that walk you through forgiving someone.  Jesus talks about forgiveness.  “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times!”  (Matthew 18:22 – exclamation point – mine)  We hear about someone who has suffered at the hands of an abuser and then to bravely declare that... Read more »