Monday, November 23, 2015

The way to forgiveness

We live in a world where resentment and revenge are part of the daily life: in the news, in social media, in the street... People who hurt, intentional or unintentionally, people who feel hurt and heartbroken... many times people, trying to defend ideas they consider are the best, feel hate towards those who don't agree or have other points of view, many times people fight with earch other or are unscrupulous and not kind.

The intention of this article is to give some light and hope when we feel hurt because of something, someone, or even because of ourselves. These are quotes, comments and words related to this topic I've come across through social media for the last four years. Forgiveness might have been introduced in the world by Jesus and became base of Christian religion together to Love. Some quotes and words by Pope Francis are included in this article as well.

Everybody that feels sorry, showing repentance and desire of being forgiven, deserves and must be forgiven. Love is the base of forgiveness.

"Eye by eye makes the whole world blind" - Ghandi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
- Dalai Lama via twitter (27 May 2013)

What is Love? "Love is acceptance and forgiveness" via twitter (20 Sep 2011)

This comment is very interesting too: "I have been teaching full time in China, Malaysia, Thailand, India and the Philippines for the past 8 years. I always ask my students which is greater, honesty or kindness. They always respond by saying that truthfulness is important, but so is kindness, placing it higher. This is Confucian philosophy", via jw blog

"God always forgives us. He never tires of this. It’s we who get tired of asking for forgiveness" - Pope Francis

"The cross of Christ: a word that is mercy, love, forgiveness" - Pope Francis

13 March 2015, radiovaticana -- Pope Francis: homily with announcement of Year of Mercy:
Lk 7:36-50 About love and judgment.
This woman expresses her desire of being forgiven. And Jesus demonstrates God’s love for her, just for her!
Love and forgiveness are simultaneous: God forgives her much, everything... For her, a new season now begins; she is reborn in love, to a new life.
There will be no judgment except that which comes from God, and this is the judgment of mercy.
Jesus pushes each of us never to stop at the surface of things, especially when we are dealing with a person. We are called to look beyond, to focus on the heart to see how much generosity everyone is capable. No one can be excluded from the mercy of God.

Guided Healing Meditation on Forgiveness: video (not checked) via huffingtonpost

"We are here to heal, not harm, We are here to love, not hate, We are here to create, not destroy" - A Douglas Williams.

"There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love" - Bryant H. McGill

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