To err is human, to forgive is divine… but I’m only a cardinal and cardinals are human, so rather than forgiving you I’m going to err towards beating you with this stick.
It’s a good sign but rare instance when, in a relationship, you find that the more you learn about the other person, the more you continue to desire them. A sturdy bond delights in that degree of youthful intrigue. Love loves its youth.
A wise man is someone who knows how to convert obstacles into resources.
God forgives us, as-when-we forgive them who injure us-and ourselves. These last weeks I think I have understood what many times in the past I thought I knew-but we never know-we never reach the end of understanding-the understanding of God-the mystery of his love…
No matter how long you behest, to the fruit draped tree.
It will do you no best, until a shingle you free.
If you think you need to forgive anyone….you got it all wrong.
Let us never be deceived into thinking that the magnitude of our sin negates His grace, for grace just abounds all the more.
People seem able to love their dogs with an unabashed acceptance that they rarely demonstrate with family or friends. The dogs do not disappoint them, or if they do, the owners manage to forget about it quickly. I want to learn to love people like this, the way I love my dog, with pride and enthusiasm and a complete amnesia for faults. In short, to love others the way my dog loves me.
Past experiences are doubtful food for Christians; a present coming to Christ alone can give us joy and comfort.
But perhaps this is all to the good. Perhaps it’s best to live with the possibility that around any corner, at any time, may come the person who reminds you of your own capacity to surprise yourself, to put at risk everything that’s dear to you. Who reminds you of the distances we have to bridge to begin to know anything about one another. Who reminds you that what seems to be-even about yourself-may not be. That like him, you need to be forgiven.