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Forgiveness
 
We should never stop showing mercy to our neighbor. Jesus teaches us the radical nature of the Christian message in loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us. The Church has made Herself many enemies throughout the last 20 centuries. We must continue to pray for these enemies and forgive those who trespass against us. We are told to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. It is fascinating to note that the Gospel according to Luke replaces the word “perfect” with merciful. Experts can argue about the linguistic dimensions of the passage, but it is clear that we become like God in a deep way and participate to some degree in His perfection when we are merciful to others as He is merciful.  archstl.org/dynamic