Capsule for the Day
Those who are truly grateful are those who readily forgive. Forgiveness is a fruit of gratitude. And gratitude is the fruit of memory; remembering that who we are, what we have are all gifts from God, from our parents and from others makes it possible for us to give and forgive.
Imagine the things you are angry about and think in retrospect what others had to put up with just for you to get where you are. This memory calms the anger. It gives you the ability to say "if I was forgiven, if others could put up with all that I did, why can't I forgive this man, this woman?"
Ingratitude, the lack of ability to remember and be thankful makes forgiveness difficult. Ingratitude justifies one's anger. Why should I forgive X when I have forgotten how good X was to me. For us to forgive, we have to be grateful. Gratitude is the fruit of the memory of the good.
Fr. Francis Afu