So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Saturday, April 15, 2017

So, your boss is a jerk?

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

If your boss is a jerk and habitually says or does stupid things to annoy you and/or demean you,... forgive him.

If your pastor said something really insensitive, uncaring or just plain stupid,... forgive him.

If your mom did something really mean to make you feel horrible,... forgive her.

If you said or did something your shouldn't have, or didn't do something you should have,... apologize, and get thee to confession. You could "self absolve" (... no, not really), or you can submit your sins of commission and omission to the priest who, in Jesus' Name, can forgive sins, and who awaits your confession in the Sacrament of Penance.

So, if you, too, are an insensitive jerk, seek forgiveness from God in the Sacrament of Penance and know that, once you have expressed true contrition for your sins before God in the presence of His priest, and once the priest has pronounced the Absolution, you can be certain that your sins have been forgiven. Do your penance as directed by the priest.

If you're finding it difficult to forgive someone for a wrong committed against you, or you're finding it difficult to accept forgiveness for something you yourself have or have not done, ask God for the grace of His peace. Meet with a priest. For those grudges you bear, admit your weakness and confess your hardness of heart. For those hurts you suffer to bear, understand that by forgiving those who treat you unfairly and who have harmed you, you let God into your life to heal your heart. God knows your wounds and He is waiting to enter into those wounds to bear your burden with you and to transform those wounds with His life giving grace. Do not shut God out of your suffering. You do not have to suffer alone—God is with you. Let Him heal you. Invite Him to share in your suffering. Allow Him to touch your heart and be with you to sustain you with blessings only God can give in ways only God can.

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