Forgiveness as a commandment is not easily applied, especially when the harm is great.  When the heart cries out for justice, and the grief runs so deep the body can hardly contain it, this is the point at which faith is tested. Trusting in the God who claims all vengeance for His own and commands His followers to forgive takes will power, especially when the harm is not only to yourself but also to those you love.

I forgive the harm to me personally.  The harm to others is not mine to forgive. I ask God’s mercy on those who do evil.  I am no saint and will have plenty to answer for on my judgement day, still, as I grieve I feel gratitude to God that every person will face Him eventually.  It makes forgiveness easier to know that justice will always be served even as mercy is also.

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” Sister Lucia of Fatima

I hope for a miracle to set things right.  I suspect the answer to my prayers will be “no”, nevertheless, I hope.

Dear Lord, I choose to forgive and I ask for mercy on those who have done this evil to me.  It is in Your hands for mine are without power. +Amen

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