Confession is nothing but humility in action. … When there is a gap between me and Christ, when my love is divided, anything can come to fill the gap. Confession is a place where I allow Jesus to take away from me everything that divides, that destroys.
Mother Teresa, No Greater Love
Christian forgiveness should not be a refusal of strength, but rather ought to manifest an alternative power; Christian love, whether of neighbors or of enemies, should be a sign not of repressed anger and hatred but of anger and hatred confronted and, eventually, overcome and transcended; it should not be an internalized guilt that further diminishes and destroys but a truthful engagement with the causes and motivations underlying the situation of brokenness.
L. Gregory Jones, Embodying Forgiveness
Instead of genuine forgiveness, our generation has been taught the vague notion of "tolerance." This is, at best, a low-grade parody of forgiveness. At worst, it's a way of sweeping the real issues in human life under the carpet. … Jesus' message [of forgiveness of sins] offers the genuine article and insists that we should accept no man-made substitutes.
N.T. Wright, The Lord and His Prayer
True mercy is, so to speak, the most profound source of justice.
Pope John Paul II, "Dives in Misericordia"
God wants us to be merciful with ourselves. And besides, our sorrows are not our own. He takes them on Himself, into His heart.
George Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest
Our first task is not to forgive, but to learn to be the forgiven. Too often to be ready to forgive is a way of exerting control over another. We fear accepting forgiveness from another because such a gift makes us powerless, and we fear the loss of control involved. … ...1
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