A Prayer for the Ability to Forgive

This prayer is in the Via de Cristo Pilgrim’s guide which is given to every participant in the retreat weekend:

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught me to pray:

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

In your name

I am to repair the breach;

I am to mend the broken;

I am to welcome back the wanderer who returns.

Lord Jesus Christ,

help me to understand that this power is your power, to be used for the sake of those for whom you died.

Help me to understand that I cannot turn away from any who ask for forgiveness or need my forgiveness.

Help me to overcome any hindrance that would keep me from sharing the fullness and the power of your saving and forgiving grace.

I ask it in the power of your name.  Amen.



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