Last weekend one of the parents at our Do This in Memory Mass in Passage West shared a powerful reflection on the meaning of forgiveness. Afterwards several people asked for a copy of the reflection and we are happy to reproduce it below to help us all to reflect on the gift and the challenge that is forgiveness.


To forgive is not to forget.

To forgive is really to remember

That nobody is perfect;

That each of us stumbles when we want so much to stay upright;

That each of us says things that we wish we had never said;

That we all forget that love is more important than being right.

To forgive is really to remember

That we are so much more than our mistakes;

That we are often kind and caring;

That accepting another’s flaws can help us to accept our own.

To forgive is to remember

That the odds are pretty good

That we might soon need to be forgiven ourselves;

That life sometimes gives us more than we can handle gracefully.

To forgive is to remember

That we have room in our hearts

To begin again ……. and again ………….and again.

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