Father Forgive Them…Forgiveness Bible Study Day 5

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From today’s reflection

I realize now that the pain people caused me was basically the collateral damage of whatever hurt they had to deal with. In spite of the things I suffered, the hurt that I endured in the past led to me finding my strength. So as unlikely as it sounds, if you are one of those people that hurt me and you are reading this, know that I love you as my brother or sister in Christ and that I forgive you and that I am praying for your happiness.

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Let Fear and Anger Out, Let Love In: Forgiveness Bible Study Day 4

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From today’s reflection:

Having selfless love for those who’ve hurt you means wanting them to be happy. And I mean legitimately wanting happiness for them and not saying it sarcastically or bitterly. This selfless love has to come from the heart. Do they deserve this selfless love? No! None of us deserve to have selfless, unconditional love in our lives. It’s not something we’re entitled to. Nor will it be something that happens overnight. It all starts with letting go of our anger and fear.

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The Difference Between Forgiveness and Vengeance: Forgiveness Bible Study Day 3

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From today’s reflection:

The story of Jonah is both a comedy and a tragedy. It’s comical because of the irony: a prophet actively trying to hide from God while all the pagan pirates and the city of Nineveh were more than willing to ask God for mercy when the situation calls for it. It’s tragic because Jonah didn’t understand God’s mercy towards the Ninevites and the pirates,  and refused to forgive his enemies. Instead, he held onto his desire for vengeance.

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Also, this is my favorite version of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”:

The Purpose of Our Problems: Forgiveness Bible Study Day 2

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From today’s reflection:

I always believed that everything happens for a reason. It’s never clear right away and sometimes, the worst things in our lives will never have an explanation that we can understand for as long as we live. Still, most of the things that we’ve experienced in our lives can either be used for the better or as an excuse. It all depends on our perspective.

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Forgiveness Bible Study Introduction

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Today is the start of my latest Bible study from the Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship. If you’ve ever wondered anything about what forgiveness is and how it can be a part of your life, please join me on this two-week journey!

From today’s introduction:

The idea of forgiveness seems easy at first glance. It’s easy to forgive an accident or to forgive a child when they made a mistake. I know that for some of you, forgiveness seems like such an unimaginable concept. It’s a lot to work though, especially if someone hurts you so much, it damages your mind, heart and soul. However, forgiveness isn’t something people deserve or have to earn. It’s something we all need. It’s an act of compassion, which means it’s given even when it’s not asked for.

 

Read the whole thing here!

I have a song for every reflection in this study. You can check them out on the Spotify playlist I made:

The Immaculate Conception and the Year of Mercy: Advent Week 2, Day 2

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One of the greatest lectures I ever heard was from Fr. Michael Gaitley about how Mary played an important role in bringing Divine Mercy to the world through St. John Paul II. Through doing Marian Consecration, Fr. Michael Gaitley gained a devotion to Divine Mercy. It is only appropriate that Pope Francis would choose this wonderful Marian feast to officially begin the Year of Mercy.

So what exactly what does The Year of Mercy entail? Check out this short video from Fr. Roderick:

 

Also, check out this wonderful video from Redeemed Online’s #ShareJesus series:

 

I love how Sister Therese Marie Iglesias connected Mary to the concept of mercy. That Mary was given mercy before she even existed and that she carried mercy with her. My mom sees Mary as a woman of simplicity, which is true. Mary was a simple, humble woman who had great responsibility thrust upon her. It’s one of the reasons the song “Mary Did You Know” is one of my least favorite holiday songs.

And yet, I understand why that song exists. The idea of being the mother of the savior is mind-boggling. This version from Peter Hollens takes an honest approach to the questions asked in the song:

It helps that it comes off like a person actually contemplating Mary. Granted, I don’t know Peter Hollens’s religious affiliation, but this is actually a version of “Mary Did You Know” that I actually like because of how honest it sounded.

But the best part is that the answer to that song is actually out there. Mary is the answer to all the questions in that song. In her Immaculate Conception, she knew that the Lord delivered her before she was even born. In her Magnificat, she knew of all the great things that the Lord would go on to do. When shepherds and wise men came to visit, she contemplated their stories and knew that her son was the King of Kings. Although she was still in awe of her son when she and Joseph found him at the temple, she understood that there was a wisdom in her son beyond her own and acknowledged her humility in that moment.

I’ll leave you with this wonderful rendition of Mary’s Magnificat by Catholic singer/speaker/blogger Jackie Francois Angel: