The exhortation to forgive as often as someone asks our forgiveness is a hard one. It often feels easier to hold a grudge and to claim the moral high ground, knowing that we are the injured party. But those grudges not only damage our relationship with another, but they also damage our relationship with God. If we believe someone else to be up unforgivable, what must we believe about our own transgressions before God?
The first week of the Spiritual Exercises invites us to recognize ourselves as loved sinners. Even through we are human, and we fail time and time again, God is willing to forgive us over and over because of his great and abiding love for us.
What is a hurt that you need to let go of and forgive?
—The Jesuit Prayer team