Forgive. Then Forgive Again.
“Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?”
Forgiveness is quite possibly the most difficult and yet essential action necessary for anyone living in community. One day, two of the brothers came upon a madman who started throwing stones at them; and when one saw a stone aimed at the other he intercepted it, wishing rather to receive the blow himself. Indeed, each was ready to give his life for the other. Nothing was considered as private property; they were correspondingly generous and openhanded with everything given them for love of God. For love of him they gladly gave to all who asked something of them.
We need to hear Jesus’ words about forgiveness until we stop asking the question, “How often must I forgive?”
Pray with Saint Francis
Simplicity puts all the learning of this world, all natural wisdom to shame. Poverty puts to shame all greed, avarice, and all the anxieties of this life. Amen.