“Be on your guard. If your brother does wrong, correct him;
if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times a
day, and seven times a day turns back to you saying, ‘I am sorry,’ forgive
This familiar gospel call to choose to live each day with the constancy of a forgiving heart reminds me of the inner dynamics of resentment. The word resentment carries a root meaning of re + sentir, to re-feel. So often we carry resentments, failing to let go of them in faith. The result is that we carry many unnecessary burdens as we re-feel the endless cycles of anger and hurts that could be replaced with Christ’s healing love and peace. The inter-dynamics of resentment really suck life out of us and reduce us to living as slaves.
What follows is borrowed from a handout from the Catholic Health
Association of Wisconsin.
The moment you begin resenting a person, you become a slave.
He/She destroys your freedom of mind and hounds you wherever you go.
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