January 7.  Percy raised something that concerned him as a law student with some of his fellows. “It is about pardoning someone who has been convicted of a crime.  Isn’t it strange that someone like President Trump could pardon people who were found guilty and convicted, but because they were his supporters he pardoned them before the end of his term of office and let them go free. Is that ethical and what pardon should be about?  That is not what my family taught me. And I wonder what would be said about that in Confession.”  “How can the protest and what happened at the Capitol in the US yesterday possibly end in peace?”

If anyone sees his brother committing what is not a deadly sin, he will ask and God will give him life for those whose sin is not deadly. 1 John 5:14-21. 

Pope Francis: I ask God to prepare our hearts to encounter our brothers and sisters so that we may overcome our differences rooted in political thinking, language, culture and religion.  Let us ask him to anoint our whole being with the balm of his mercy which heals the injuries caused by mistakes, misunderstandings and disputes. Let us ask him for the grace to send us forth with humility and meekness, along the demanding but enriching path of seeking peace.  FT254. Reflect and share.