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Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Grace

Acceptance, Forgiveness, and Grace

Healing the family

Today’s readings invite us to do these three, tangible things.

Accept the challenges of day-to-day life: We’re called to accept ourselves and others as we are. If we let anger and bitterness, hatred and resentment get the better of us, this unwillingness to forgive harms only ourselves.

Ask for forgiveness: We must forgive because only forgiveness heals our relationships. If we remember how God has forgiven us, it will help us forgive others.

Lead a grace-filled life: Follow Jesus’ teaching: “Love your enemies…do good actions to those who hate you…and pray for those who mistreat you.” We should treat others with love and kindness in the spirit of forgiveness and mercy.

May the love of God that conquers all, even our hurts, fears, prejudices and griefs help us to accept the challenges of day-to-day. May the cross of Jesus Christ free us from the tyranny of malice, hatred, revenge, and resentment and gives us the courage to ask for forgiveness. May the grace of God fill our hearts with his grace and mercy and love to live the “Golden Rule.”

About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.

Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.