April 14.  As they had just celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday the group leaders were reflecting on the progress that had been made in promoting family faith sharing over the years. Octavia commented, “I can hardly believe that it is 5 years since we celebrated the Year of Mercy and started a study of Pope Francis’ special document. Mercy is still a difficult concept for me, especially  God’s mercy, in the context of ‘Do not judge.’ 

Jesus said to Nicodemus, ”God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent the Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-21.  Pope Francis:  Forgiving does not mean forgetting. In the face of a reality that can in no way be denied, relativised or concealed, forgiveness is still possible. In the face of an action that can never be tolerated, justified or excused, we can still forgive.  Free and heartfelt forgiveness is something noble, a reflection of God’s own infinite ability to forgive. FT250.   Reflect, share, pray for courage and openness to forgive something that is still burdening you.