Presentation Ministries
 Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Small Christian
Audio & Video
Bible College

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 18, Issue 2

<< Tuesday, March 5, 2002 >>
Daniel 3:25, 34-43
View Readings
Psalm 25 Matthew 18:21-35
Similar Reflections


"Should you not have dealt mercifully with your fellow servant, as I dealt with you?" —Matthew 18:33

Two years ago, on the first Sunday of Lent, March 12, 2000, Pope John Paul II did something shocking. He asked for forgiveness of the sins committed by Catholics throughout the centuries. This event was prepared for by a study of the International Theological Commission. In this study, the Commission stated: "In the entire history of the Church there are no precedents for requests for forgiveness by the Magisterium for past wrongs" (1:1). Pope John Paul II continued this unprecedented, radical initiative for reconciliation a week later when He realized His dream of visiting the Holy Land. There He again apologized to the Jewish people and even inserted this apology in the wailing wall in Jerusalem. This act was of unfathomable, symbolic significance.

This great movement of the Spirit in forgiveness and reconciliation continues to sweep across the face of the earth. Many bishops have tried to apply the Pope's call to their dioceses. Are you fulfilling your ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18) in your family, church, neighborhood, and workplace? Are you forgiving seventy times seven times? (Mt 18:22) Are you forgiving from your heart? (Mt 18:35) Are you breaking new ground in forgiveness and reconciliation?

Prayer: Father, let the Holy Spirit of forgiveness work through me.
Promise: "But with contrite heart and humble spirit let us be received." —Dn 3:39
Praise: Joan forgave her husband for divorcing her.
(For a related teaching, order our tape on Forgiveness on audio AV 54-1 or on video V-54.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, August 18, 2001
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 25, 2001
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 18, Issue 2
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · RSS FeedRSS Feed
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend



Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
  ·   Small Christian
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer

Copyright © 2020 Presentation Ministries.
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy