Last year on this date, I was in church just like I am every Sunday morning, when I realized I had finally come round to fully forgiving someone who changed my life forever. Something about the tall ceilings, stained glass windows, and Mary and Jesus looking over us that always make me feel safe, at ease, and at peace in church. And that day in particular, Father Paul gave a sermon on forgiveness, because it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and his sermon rang true to me. It was like suddenly light was showering over my head.
I want to repeat his message again, because forgiveness is so important for our own happiness, yet we don't do enough of it. Father Paul talked about justice, and how when wrongdoers commit crimes, we seek justice. We seek legal consequences to compensate for loss and damages. But, there's an element of justice in forgiveness, too.
In remembering 9/11, Father Paul reminded us that, for all that we lost on that day, especially those directly affected, we have all the more reason to smile, because so long as we can smile, and make each day a better day, so long as our children can smile, then the enemy cannot win. No one can take away, that which is innate in you. And furthermore, we have to keep smiling for those who can no longer smile. As my father once told me, "you've been blessed with your life, so promise me you will help those who cannot or could not help themselves." Be the voice for those who think they don't have a voice, and the voice for those whose voice was stolen from this earth. Turn a nightmare into a million dreams come true.
Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves and our loved ones. Without it, we cannot move forward as we should. So, if there is anyone you have to forgive, I encourage you to find the strength and the will to do so, for forgiveness is a beautiful thing ,and it is freedom in the greatest degree.
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS