A Sense of Forgiveness

One nun came to Blessed Sarah and said to her: Pray for me, my lady.  – The blessed one said to her: Neither will I have mercy on you nor will God unless you have mercy on yourself, fulfilling the virtues as the Fathers have commanded us.

——-Amma Sarah of the Desert

depressedThe ability to forgive yourself is key to your psychological well-being. Unforgiveness of self causes a wide range of problems. Suicide, addictions and depression are just a few of the many things associated with self-condemnation. Psychologists struggle to develop creative ways to address this issue. Many suffer from a lack of awareness of their problem with this issue. Behavioral professionals, religious and irreligious, know the importance of self-forgiveness. Many corporate hours are spent in seminars that stress the necessity of learning the importance of forgiveness. This endeavor is tremendously costly for the corporate world.

Amma Sara knew about such forgiveness 1500 years ago, and said it was the place to start. God is a God of forgiveness and grace, and we must forgive ourselves in order to receive forgiveness. Our problem with self-forgiveness is that we don’t really believe in grace – that marvelous property of God that allows Him to forgive us even though we are most undeserving. Amma Sarah called the forgiving of ourselves a fulfillment of the virtues that were bestowed upon us by the Creator. Forgiveness, even of our own faults, is a virtue.

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Filed under Amma Sarah of the Desert, Depression, Desert Mothers, Forgiveness

2 responses to “A Sense of Forgiveness

  1. Forgive myself? What a concept. Self-condemnation is much easier. (Only half-kidding.) Actually, thought patterns and attitudes–often from family of origin and that growing-up period of life–are deeply ingrained. Thank God that God can help each of us to change, to forgive others, and most importantly, to forgive ourselves. Thanks so much!

    You might be interested in my post for Mother’s Day, highlighting prayer. http://wp.me/p4cOf8-8Z

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