A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Wednesday 14 August

St Maximilian Kolbe (m)

Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 66; Matthew 18:15-20

The gift of reconciliation

Seeking reconciliation rather than engaging in destructive gossip, resentment, revenge or hatred is designed to bring healing and harmony. Sometimes, however, perpetrators are unwilling or unable to accept responsibility and true reconciliation with them is impossible; then Jesus advises distance. We choose to forgive, but avoid naïve or risky contact. Working through reconciliation connects us with God’s mercy and helps us forgive ourselves; in a sense we are the ones who are freed. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is God’s gift that aids self-reflection, insight, forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. When did you last open that gift?

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