In the Bible, forgiveness involves repayment of what is owed. One way to pay down the debt is through charity to the poor.
Season after Pentecost | 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; (Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138;) Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19); Luke 11:1-13
Deo gratias. That’s what the sign in my office says. It’s not fancy, just two words laser-printed on office paper and tacked up over the computer monitor so I can read it dozens of times a day. The phrase—which means “Thanks be to God”—is the traditional Benedictine greeting that monks offer visitors.
We're all perpetually longing for love. Fortunate are those who realize early that another human being can't meet this unrequitable need. Even more fortunate are men and women of prayer who realize that peace comes by embracing the longing itself.