Thursday, September 8, 2011
by Sister Agnes Fischer
In today's Gospel (a fitting one for our commemoration of 9/11) Jesus asks us to pardon our brothers and sisters "not seven times but seventy-seven times" and "from the heart." Our prayer today could include these petitions:
Lord, help me pardon from the heart ...
... those responsible for so many deaths and so much suffering on 9/11.
... those who recruit, train and arm young terrorists.
... those who continue to end life in abortion clinics, euthanasia centers and state death chambers.
And, closer to home, help me to forgive ...
... the offensive noise and yelling around the house.
... my son's temper tantrums.
... the unjust scolding from Mom or Dad.
... an inferred humiliation from my co-worker.
... being cut off in traffic.
... the bad manners of the service rep or store clerk.
... my brother's debt which he cannot cancel right now.
... the favor I did not receive from my best friend.
Then, Lord, I can really ask you to forgive me.
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