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11. Charity keeps no account of wrongs received

“«Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us». Even charity then will be perfect, and forgiveness will have the imprint of heroism, as I had on the cross”

5/21/2018
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“Charity keeps no account of wrongs received”.  In this expression Paul recalls that forgiveness is one of the most elevated forms of the exercise of charity, which responds to evil with good, loving the other as he is, flaws included.

“To keep account” is really the technical term for the bookkeeping of the accountant, but charity does not make a list of wrongs received.  It keeps no account, but rather everything is already credited as a gift of forgiveness in advance.  Forgiveness is therefore the highest expression of love.

God loves us and forgives us always.  His forgiveness is so infinitely great that we do not yet know how infinitely great our gratitude should be for His immense mercy.

 

Saint Catherine of Siena wrote that since we could never directly and adequately reciprocate such love, God gives us our neighbor so that we can exercise forgiveness toward him, teaching us to pray like this: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.  We know that “God does not treat us according to our sins and does not repay us according to our faults” (Ps 103).  The debt with God, even if a venial sin, is infinite and yet God does not take it into account.  In view of repentance, Jesus in fact, speaking to Luisa (Vol I), clarifies that when a soul is humiliated, is convinced of having done evil, has washed her soul in the Sacrament of Confession and is ready to die rather than offend God, it is an affront to the mercy of God if she seeks with her mind to wrap herself up in the mud of the past, and she prevents God from making her take flight towards Heaven, because if she tries to think about it, she remains always enclosed inside herself with those ideas.  God no longer remembers, He has perfectly forgotten everything and, the most consoling thing, not even the shadow of rancor exists in Him.

 

The words of the prophet Jeremiah resound: “I will forgive their iniquities, I will no longer remember their sin.”  God, however, in His infinite goodness, while He does not take our sin into account, He “takes into account” even the smallest act of love done in the Divine Will so that the creature will not be defrauded of anything.

 

In another page of the Diary of Luisa, Jesus explains the great importance of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because in that moment, His blood is put into action on the repentant sinner and descends on the soul to wash her, embellish her, heal and fortify her, restore to her the Grace lost and place into her hands the keys of Heaven that sin had torn from her, to seal on her forehead the peaceful kiss of forgiveness.  Therefore, if God is merciful to each of us, He then asks us to forgive and to love our neighbor, considering this as a debt that we have toward every man.  This is why Paul says: “Have no debt with anyone except that of charity”.  Taking into account the evil received, our debt towards others is not resolved, thus increasing our debt towards God.

 As the rich teachings of the Lord’s words resonate: “Love your enemies and pray for your persecutors, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven who makes the sun rise over the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Mt 5:44-45)!  Jesus, during His life, acted in this way and He waits for His disciples to follow Him.  How much sweetness Jesus showed, how much love in so many pains, how much heroism of virtue in the midst of so many pains and insults during His Passion!  When crucified, immersed in unheard of pains, love regurgitated in Him, it suffocated Him and He wasn’t able to contain it.  Forced by the love that was tormenting Him more than His very pains, turning to the Father, He pronounced His first word on the cross: “Forgiveness” and He excused us before the Father for so many sins, He implored mercy for all, for all He applied the infinite merits of His most precious Blood, He continued to placate Divine Justice for all and to grant grace to those who, finding themselves in the act of having to forgive, do not feel the strength.  Jesus so much desires that the creature be similar to Him, but in order for this to happen it is necessary that we live in the Divine Will.  Only then will “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” be realized (Vol. XV, May 2, 1923).  Only then will charity be perfect, will forgiveness have the imprint of heroism as Jesus had on the cross.  Only when man will have eaten the bread of the Divine Will as the Humanity of Jesus ate it, then will virtues be absorbed in the Divine Will and receive the imprint of true heroism.  The divine virtues will be as many little rivers that will flow out from the bosom of the great sea of the Divine Will.

 

Jesus desires that the soul live in the Divine Volition! (Vol. XXXVI, Oct. 30, 1938).  It pleases Him so much that as the creature goes repeating His acts in It, He prepares new gifts, new graces, new love.  If the creature loves, Jesus doubles His new love for her, and if she returns to love Him, Jesus again returns with His new love to surprise her.  It is basically like a race of love.  The human littleness harmonizes with the love of her Creator and she not only loves God for herself, but the love she feels for God is so great that she loves Him for everyone and for everything.  And God reaches such a point that He gives her the right to judge together with Him, and if He sees that she suffers because sin must undergo strict judgements, in order to not make her suffer, He renders His just penalties milder and she makes Him give the kiss of forgiveness to everyone.

 

The creature in the Divine Will is the new Esther that wants to save her people, because by means of her, God feels more inclined to use mercy, to grant graces, to forgive the most obstinate sinners, and to render the pains of the souls in Purgatory shorter.  Therefore, when the Divine Will will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, the second part of the Our Father will be fulfilled.  A civilization of mercy and forgiveness will be generated, and the Kingdom of a humanity of the children of God will be established, so much wanted by Jesus who died for the remission of sins only because His hopes, His desires and His sighs were always for the Kingdom of the Divine Will on the earth.  He awaits His complete glory from the “Fiat voluntas tua” on earth as it is in Heaven.

Tonia Abbattista
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