Amoris Laetitia 108: God’s Forgiveness

amoris laetitia memePope Francis’ theme of God’s grace and love:

108. All this assumes that we ourselves have had the experience of being forgiven by God, justified by his grace and not by our own merits. We have known a love that is prior to any of our own efforts, a love that constantly opens doors, promotes and encourages. If we accept that God’s love is unconditional, that the Father’s love cannot be bought or sold, then we will become capable of showing boundless love and forgiving others even if they have wronged us. Otherwise, our family life will no longer be a place of understanding, support and encouragement, but rather one of constant tension and mutual criticism.

There is a possibly deeper sense of this experience. It is easy enough to cite God’s boundless love. We can look for intellectual back-up in the Scriptures or in theology. An integration of the human heart with the mind: that is a step deeper. Do we actually feel the love of God? Authentically?

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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