News > January 2009

Reconciliation

In this Christmas season, as we celebrate the gift of Jesus by our Almighty Father, may we honor this gift through reconciliation. We frequently recite the Lord’s Prayer with the words “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” but do we practice this? We ask the Lord for forgiveness pledging our own forgiveness to others, but do we really keep our end of the bargain? All Knights pledge to practice charity. Can there be real charity without forgiveness? Give the gift of forgiveness for Christmas. Reconcile with fellow Knights and others in our community. It is easy to forgive small annoyances, harder but more rewarding to forgive those with whom we have deep grievances. This is a triple play. We keep our promise “forgive those who trespass against us”, we feel better having restored harmony in part of our life, and we’ve given a priceless gift, forgiveness, to someone. As Knights we pledge to practice charity, unity, and fraternity—forgiveness plays a part in each. Let us fulfill our Catholic obligation for reconciliation at least once each year. Have a holy and forgiving Christmas season.