Monday, June 23, 2008

Praying for Our Enemies

Fr. Mark has a beautiful post, worth pondering. We are not merely recommended to forgive our enemies, we are commanded to do so. Father says:
There is a mysterious power in praying for those who have hurt us, in interceding wholeheartedly

— for those who have spoken ill of us,
— for those who have damaged our reputations,
— for those who have incited others to think less of us,
— for those who have hurt us emotionally, physically, or spiritually,
— for those who have been abusive toward us,
— for those who have cursed us,
— for those have broken our hearts, betrayed us, or rejected us.

Our Lord commands us to pray for them, not only for their sakes, but also for our own. Our own spiritual liberation, our own inner healing from resentment, hatred, and lingering bitterness is contingent upon our persevering obedience to the commandments of Christ in the Gospel.

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4 comments:

Alexandra said...

Yes, this is so important. Thanks for posting this.

elena maria vidal said...

You are welcome.

Esther said...

Glad you posted this Elena. BTW, just wanted to let you know my mom and I spend the afternoon on your website (she was intrigued about what you wrote about Marie A. and then watching the Bookmark segments on YouTube. I haven't ordered Trianon yet but I have to one of these days... soon.

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Esther! Glad to hear it! And please give my regards to your mother!