In Sunday’s gospel, we’re reminded that only “he without sin” may cast the first stone. Clearly forgiveness is important to the Christian walk. On the show today, we reminded listeners of St. Augustine’s definition of forgiveness; specifically, that it involves surrendering our desire to hurt someone for having hurt us. It doesn’t mean pretending that everything is OK when its not, or letting someone off the hook. It means surrendering the anger that makes you want to lash out so that you can approach the other person and heal the relationship in love.
How does your spouse irritate or upset you? Today, surrender your tendency to lash out. If you can let it go, let it go. If you have to say something, say it in love. Practice an attitude of forgiveness.
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