Memorial of Saint Clare of Assisi
The Love of Forgiveness
Rather than admitting our own personal failures from distracted driving to our own brand of hypocrisy, we find an easier way without bothering our conscience and place the blame outside ourselves. Still, we cannot give what we do not possess, which is forgiveness.
Peter asks how often we should forgive one who sins against us? The answer: “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” The answer is not in doing the math. We are to empty ourselves to accept God’s mercy’s flow completely. So overwhelming is his grace; we then are empowered to show complete mercy and forgiveness to others.
We have a record of asking for forgiveness. We pray, and we pray, ‘Lord have mercy.’
So, there we are, asking for God’s mercy and forgiveness. How can we turn to our brothers and sisters, revert to our former selves, and continue carrying a lifetime of grudges? Censuring comes at a cost. There is no peace to rest. Forgiveness, transformed into love, brings love.
When metaphorically standing at the gates of hell, guilt turns into begging for forgiveness, and the offenses are so great that only God’s love, ever so powerful, forgives, bringing the sinner to kneel and weep.
The renewed, over-whelmed with love toward God finds freedom in letting go of all the debts formerly accrued and forgives his brothers and sisters. Looking behind the veil of the religious life, we see it aims for the monastic to be emptied of self and open to God’s grace of peace and love.
Saint Clare of Assisi, whom we remember today, made tremendous sacrifices to be of complete service to others. Her strength flowed from her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. As we pray in adoration, asking for God’s mercy, may he fill us with compassion and love.
Know heaven’s rain pours down forgiveness baptism.
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