Forgiving others requires help from the Holy Spirit, pope says
Forgiving those who have caused pain or offense is not easy, Pope Francis said.
“It is a grace that we have to ask for,” because the peace offered by Christ cannot take root in a heart that is incapable of living in fraternity with others and incapable of rebuilding those bonds after being wounded, the pope said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican on 14th March.
The pope continued his series of talks on the Mass, focusing on the Communion rite, which begins with the assembly’s recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer is not just any Christian prayer, he said, “but is the prayer of God’s children. It is the great prayer that Jesus taught us” because it was the very same prayer he used with God.
“It’s so beautiful to pray like Jesus” prayed, the pope added.
Calling God “our father” like Jesus did underlines how the faithful have been reborn and “regenerated” as God’s children through baptism and the Holy Spirit, the pope said.
Picture: The statue of St Peter is seen as Pope Francis leaves his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 14th March. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: audience, forgive, forgiving, general audience, Holy Spirit, Pope, Pope Francis, St Peter's Square, Vatican