Amoris Laetitia 105: Love Forgives

amoris laetitia memeThe Holy Father’s advice on harmony in AL 104 seems about right for the healthy family, people living together who are generally on functional terms. But we are imperfect and mortal. Therefore, sometimes, things get a little more out of hand. So forgiveness comes into play:

105. Once we allow ill will to take root in our hearts, it leads to deep resentment. The phrase ou logízetai to kakón means that love “takes no account of evil”; “it is not resentful”. The opposite of resentment is forgiveness, which is rooted in a positive attitude that seeks to understand other people’s weaknesses and to excuse them. As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34).

Perhaps this analysis sounds familiar for our culture, if not our more dysfunctional families:

Yet we keep looking for more and more faults, imagining greater evils, presuming all kinds of bad intentions, and so resentment grows and deepens. Thus, every mistake or lapse on the part of a spouse can harm the bond of love and the stability of the family. Something is wrong when we see every problem as equally serious; in this way, we risk being unduly harsh with the failings of others. The just desire to see our rights respected turns into a thirst for vengeance rather than a reasoned defense of our dignity.

The remarkable recent instances of Blacks and police coming together might be examples of that much-needed gesture of good will or harmony. May we see more of that in our families and in our nations.

For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Amoris Laetitia 105: Love Forgives

  1. Liam says:

    Before the proof-texting commences, this passage is as good an occasion as any to offer this thought: the Our Father embodies the Love of God on the Cross and in the Paschal Mystery:

    1. The death of God’s faithful servants is, in the Jewish tradition, the very hallowing of The Name.

    2. The Paschal Mystery begets the God’s Kingdom in a new creation into being – it is a creative act.

    3. God’s will is fulfilled on earth in the Paschal Mystery as it is in heaven.

    4. The Paschal Mystery provides us our most essential daily bread.

    5. Christ breaths forgiveness over sinful humanity from the Cross, and his first words to his gathered disciples after the Resurrection are of peace and teaching them the new language of forgiveness (Pentecost teases this out more).

    6. The Cross leads us to God, not to temptation.

    7. The Paschal Mystery delivers us from evil.

    Contemplate this every time you pray the Our Father, if you will.

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