On Forgiveness, part 2

05/03/2012

This morning I decided to look through my library seeking comfort from wise words on forgiveness. The book DARE TO BE YOURSELF was the first one I reached for, and it literally fell open to this passage. I was delighted! So simple yet so true. Jesus is all about forgiveness. I read it aloud to my husband at breakfast, and he enjoyed it  also. It is my humble desire that you, dear reader, may find enjoyment in it as well. Namaste.

From the brilliant mind of author Alan Cohen:

Word came to Father Bernardo about a woman in his town who was said to be talking with Jesus. Many people were praising Maria’s gift, reporting that she had interceded for them in their prayers and brought them great help. The townspeople believed that she was indeed communicating with God.

Father Bernardo, however, was a rather cynical man. He had begun his vocation with hope and enthusiasm, but over the years his vision had become obstructed by a dark cloud of doubt. Although he was a man of the cloth, Father Bernardo had allowed guilt and fear to undermine his belief in his own innocence and that of others. Suspecting this woman to be a fraud, the priest decided he would put her to a test. Father Bernardo went to see Maria and asked her, “Is it true that you talk to Jesus?”

“It is so,” she answered.

“Then would you ask him a question for me?”

“Certainly.”

“The next time you talk to Jesus,” Father Bernardo requested, “ask him what was the sin I committed when I was in the seminary.” He smiled politely and bowed his head, feeling smug that he had cornered the alleged oracle.

“Very well,” Maria responded, “I will ask Jesus this question. Come back next week and I will have an answer for you.”

The week passed, and Father Bernardo returned. “Did you talk to Jesus this week?” he asked.

“I did.”

“Did you ask him what was my sin in the seminary?”

“Yes, Father, I did.”

“And what did he say?”

“He said, ‘I forgot’ ”

 

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