Forgive Each Other a Lot

from “10 Things that Make for a Great Catholic Family” by Heidi and Cory Busse

Great Catholic families forgive each other a lot.

 

While Jesus commands us to forgive “not . . . seven times, but seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22), forgiving a family member can be tough to do even once. We try to teach our kids to take responsibility for their actions, admit when they are wrong, and apologize. (I’m sorry I broke your toy, lied about the mess, ate your fries, etc.) But forgiveness requires an act of faith and trust.

 

Parents: When you’re wrong, admit it and seek forgiveness, even if that means delivering a sincere apology to a toddler. Your kids will see that forgiveness is not automatic and must be sought in order to be received.

 

Children: Forgiveness isn’t a weapon to be wielded. When your parents or your siblings sincerely seek your forgiveness, give it. There is no greater feeling than that of genuine forgiveness, wiping a slate clean and allowing a family to start again with one another.

 

Faith Builder: Experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family. If your parish offers a communal reconciliation service, be sure to attend.

 

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