A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 12 February


Ecclesiasticus 15:15-20, Psalm 119: 1-5&17-18&33-34, 1 Cor 2: 6-10, Matthew 5:17-37

St John Paul ll and Mehmet Ali Agca

In 1981Ali Agca attempted to assassinate St John Paul ll. From the hospital the pope asked everyone to “pray for my brother (Agca) whom I have sincerely forgiven.” The Holy Father knew and lived Jesus’ words about forgiveness. “If you forgive men … your heavenly Father will forgive you.” “Forgive … seventy times seven. times” “Forgive and you will be forgiven.” Whether I am the sinner or the one sinned against, am I always the first to seek reconciliation?

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