Forgiveness is one of the most difficult aspects of God for us to emulate. It runs counter to our desire for vengeance, our sense of justice, of the rightness of things. Yet in the Our Father, we say, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.” When I am aware of how unforgiving I often am, I shudder to think that my forgiveness of others will measure God’s forgiveness of me.
This reflection is from Changed Heart, Changed World by William A. Barry, SJ.
Books by William A. Barry, SJ
God's Passionate Desire
In God’s Passionate Desire, Fr. Barry leads us on brief “retreats” to help us understand our relationship with God and how we can move forward into a more meaningful relationship with God.
A Friendship Like No Other
Experiencing God's Amazing Embrace
Explore the path to becoming a friend of God. Grounded in biblical tradition and Ignatian spirituality, this book offers a fresh approach to becoming a friend of God and understanding this relationship.
Seek My Face
Prayer as Personal Relationship in Scripture
Develop a relationship with God by following examples in Scripture. in Seek my Face William Barry situations and personalities from Scripture to show readers the various ways in which people in the Bible formed a relationship with God.
Letting God Come Close
An Approach to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
Using clear, down-to-earth examples Barry helps spiritual directors build up trust and confidence.
Changed Heart, Changed World
The Transforming Freedom of Friendship with God
In William Barry's newest book, discover how a close friendship with God leads us to be difference-makers in the world.
Lenten Meditations 10-Pack
Growing in Friendship with God
Grounded in Scripture and inspired by Ignatian spirituality, Lenten Meditations: Growing in Friendship with God offers a fresh approach to deepening your friendship with God during Lent.
Praying the Truth
Deepening Your Friendship with God through Honest Prayer
Praying the Truth helps us realize that if we do not approach God in complete honesty, we may be holding back a part of ourselves that needs to be healed. By learning how to communication honestly with God, our friendship with God will be strengthened.
Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand
Living Fully in Friendship with God
In Here’s My Heart, Here’s My Hand, William A. Barry, SJ, helps us understand how we can experience a personal relationship with God, and what effects that close relationship will have on our lives.