Forgiveness

During the Christmas holidays, many of us spend extra time with friends and family. Sometimes we get offended. How do we respond? This is a timely post by Renee Pomarico, a Catholic missionary living in Mexico. Renee has BA in Education and Development from Anahuac University, as well as a Licentiate in Religious Sciences from Regina Apostolorum in Rome. She works with young women who are discerning a vocation to religious life. No matter the particular circumstance, we all face situations where we need to forgive. A spouse backs out of a commitment, a son or daughter lacks respect, a friend stabs us in the back, a brother shames the family, a coworker offends us, or a parent isn’t there when we need them. Forgiveness is more than words like, “I’m sorry,” “I apologize,” and “Will you forgive me?” Forgiveness is an attitude of the heart. Immaculée Ilibagiza suffered torment and three months trapped in bathroom with nine other women during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Immaculée shared that she could not pray the part of the Lord’s prayer that reads “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who trespass against us,” because she could not really do it in her heart. Yet, she knew deep down that God wanted her to forgive. Immaculée’s prayer became one of asking God for the grace of forgiveness and when He changed her heart, she was able to forgive from within. Words are meaningless if resentment remains. Mother Teresa said, “If we admit that we are sinners and we need forgiveness, then it will be very easy for us to forgive others. But if we don’t admit this, it will be very hard for us to say, ‘I forgive you’ no matter who comes to us. Jesus...

Ordinary Superheroes

Let’s face it, the world is looking for heroes. Just think of the movies and TV shows released in the last few years with names like Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, Superman, Iron Man, and The Avengers. These superheroes do extraordinary things that go above and beyond the capabilities of “normal” humans. They are usually a select few who were born that way (like Superman), or they were once ordinary people who, through some accident or another (Spiderman was bitten by a spider), gaining some sort of super power. TV and movies are also full of real-life stories of people doing extraordinary (occasionally even superhuman) things. We honor these people, and rightly so, but what about the rest of us “ordinary” people? Is our only role that of the adulate spectator? Or do we have more in us? I believe each one of us can be that “ordinary superhero” the world yearns for. God has placed seeds of greatness in everyone. These are desires, ideas, things, that when grown to fullness, might just change the world! Some of us have nurtured these things in our hearts since we were little children. Others see a great need and rise to the occasion; they have an epiphany, see what needs to be done and rally others to help. I liken this type of inspiration to the relationship between a parent and his child. It’s a parent’s job to tell their kids what to do. But what a joy when your child takes some initiative and just picks up after themselves on their own… without being told! Even better, when they decide to do it for someone else—like their sibling! KNOCK ME OVER WITH A FEATHER! I think God intends us to be co-creators with Him. It’s a two-way street. If...

Family Ties

Poet and humanitarian Mya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

It’s Not About The Nail...

People are different. They have different communication styles. Some people are verbal processors and need to talk about their stuff. Other people don’t care to listen to verbal processors, or not very long; they feel if someone shares their problems, it is their job to help. Sometimes this happens between men and women. No wonder we have relationship difficulties. Heres an awesome short video that highlights the...

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