Day 9: Forgiveness

 

40day-yellowBegin with the Prayer of Abandonment.

Today’s theme is “forgiveness.” Not just each other, but those who move in your sphere of influence.

Remember the classic movie Love Story, in which one of the characters observes, “Loves means never having to say you’re sorry.”

That may be true in Hollywood, but in the real world . . . just the opposite is true, isn’t it?

In Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta, we find in today’s reflection an incident in the life of Mother Teresa, in which thieves broke into her home for children and stole sixteen beautiful saris that had been donated to celebrate the older girls’ feast day. The story has a happy ending (you’ll have to read the book to find it) . . .  but that story reminded me of the amazing power of forgiveness to achieve miracles. When we forgive, we set God free to work in a painful situation . . . and sometimes, miracles happen.

That doesn’t mean that  you can force another person to change, just by forgiving him. Of course not! But forgiveness is the key that releases the prisoner from the inside. To the degree that we can detach ourselves from resentment and bitterness, love can shine in our hearts and transform even the hardest situation.

Can you think of one person — perhaps even yourself — who needs forgiveness? How will you take a small step toward forgiving that person today?

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