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Forgiveness

Peter’s question in today’s Gospel is a question all of us have asked: “How often must I forgive?”  Forgiveness is difficult, sometimes it might even seem to be impossible.  There are people who might not deserve our forgiveness because they have hurt us deeply. ...

Fraternity vs Fratricide

“It’s mine you can’t have it!”  I am sure that we have heard these words at times from a petulant child or perhaps we have even heard ourselves speaking these words.  Certainly, Christians have spoken these words although in a more refined or theological langue:...

Compassion and Forgiveness

“But to the Lord, our God, belong compassion and forgiveness” In today’s first reading from Daniel we hear the affirmation (confession) that the Lord is compassionate and forgiving. As Daniel prays, he confesses his own sinfulness and the sinfulness of his people: “O...

Righteousness

“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.” In the Gospel of Matthew “righteousness” is doing the Will of God.  Sometimes religious leaders, be they the scribes and Pharisees in...

Daily Cross

“If anyone wishes to come after me, they must deny themself and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Following Jesus is difficult, challenging, and rewarding.  The first disciples experienced this first hand and we also experience this as His modern-day...
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