We Ask the Hearts of Jesus and Mary to Help Us to Forgive: First Friday, October 2, 2015

J.M.J. Here is a response from Pope Francis during the in-flight press conference on the papal flight from Philadelphia to Rome on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

"If a person has done wrong, and is conscious of what he has done, but does not beg forgiveness, I ask God to take this into account. I forgive him, but he does not accept forgiveness, he is closed to forgiveness. It is one thing to forgive--we are bound to forgive, because we have all been forgiven--but it is another thing to accept forgiveness. If that priest is closed to forgiveness, he will not receive it, because he has locked the door from the inside; all that remains is to pray that the Lord will open that door. We must be ready to forgive, but not all can receive it or are able or willing to receive it. What I’m saying is harsh. But this explains why some people finish their lives badly, without receiving God’s tender mercy."

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On Thursday, September 24th (the Feasts of Our Lady of Mercy and Our Lady of Ransom), when I was in PhiIadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and the subsequent visit of Pope Francis, I received an unexpected request to appear the following morning on Fox Business. I did not know the subject of the discussion. It turned out to be about Pope Francis and capitalism.


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