Ignorance and Forgiveness

It is not their conscious wisdom that saves them; it is their unconscious ignorance. + If there were full consciousness of the evil, perfect deliberation, perfect understanding of the consequences of acts, there would be no room for forgiveness. That is why there is no redemption for the fallen angels. They knew what they were […]

The Forgiveness of Sins

Why is it great to be Catholic?  Four words: The forgiveness of sins.  When asked why he chose to become Catholic, English convert and author G.K. Chesterton was brief: “To get rid of my sins.”  That is what Jesus commanded His Church to do by His power: forgive sins (John 20:21-23). The world has seen […]


Fore-give-ness is love given before another has either given it , earned it, accepted it, or even understood it. It is the Father running out to embrace his prodigal son even before he knows whether the son has come repenting of all the destruction he has caused, or whether he might be returning just to […]

As One of Life’s All-Time Sinners

As one of life’s all-time sinners whose only hope was and is the love of God, I do not have the qualifications to be anything but understanding about other people’s sins. I have been forgiven too much to draw a line on forgiveness to others. But forgiveness presupposes that the person acknowledges their sin and […]

God never tires of forgiving us.

God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. —Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 3

Sins Committed vs. Sins Confessed and Forgiven

One reason that Peter was so credible and remains so credible to this very day is that we can all somehow relate to his story. He screwed up, and he screwed up bad. There was nothing he could do to fix himself except throw himself at the mercy of Jesus, which is exactly what he […]