Pontiff shares secret to true forgiveness

The Catholic leader says we don't need human strength or will but the Holy Spirit to truly forgive.

According to the National Catholic Reporter, this latest teaching is part of a series of talks on the Mass.

How to truly forgive others

“Forgiving people who have offended us is not easy,” he said. This is why Pope Francis urges people to pray.

He advises them to pray for God “to teach me to forgive as you have forgiven me.” This is important because true forgiveness requires grace from the Holy Spirit, not mere human strength or will.

“It is a grace that we have to ask for,” he added.

The Lord’s Prayer plays a major role in forgiveness

Pope Francis also spoke on The Lord’s Prayer, which he says is not just any Christian prayer, “but is the prayer of God’s children.”

“It is the great prayer that Jesus taught us” he added. “It’s so beautiful to pray like Jesus.”

According to the pope, calling God “our father” is a sign that we have been reborn and “regenerated” as God’s children through baptism and the Holy Spirit.

“When we pray the ‘Our Father,’ we connect with the father” through the Holy Spirit," he said.

He added that praying the “Our Father” goes a long way in helping us forgive others as God has forgiven him or her.

Pope Francis on Lord's Prayer

It would be recalled that the Pontiff had called for the famous prayer to be changed, specifically, the “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” part. His explanation is that this part "speaks of a God who induces temptation.”

The Pope wants it to be replaced with the French version, which is "do not let me fall into temptation’, because it is me who falls, not the Lord who tempts me to then see how I fall”.

Pope Francis’ suggestion has been rejected by some Catholic bishops who feel that the line speaks of “the trust to be carried and redeemed by almighty God.”

The Pontiff is yet to respond to this.

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