How hard it is to forgive! Family and Grandparent Thought 30 July

Mrs Paulson shared, “I don’t really like this image of God that we read about in the Old Testament sometimes. It is really scary but it should discourage us from doing evil things.”   Her friend added, “You’re right but look at the reality. We have known about the risk of HIV infection for years.  We know how it happens and that the only real answer is abstinence and faithfulness.  We have to face it that when our son George became ill with AIDS he had already infected his wife and we ended up looking after their orphaned children. I was shocked and sad when on top of that we ended up with a pregnant teenager. I try but forgiveness is really not easy.”

The Lord proclaimed,  “The Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding mercy and faithfulness, keeping merciful love for thousands, forgiving iniquity but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children.  From Exodus 34:5-9. 

Pope Francis:  Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.At times how hard it seems to forgive! FM9 AL21. Care and concern for the final stages of life is all the more necessary today when society attempts to remove every trace of death and dying.AL48



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