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compassion because of his covenant with Abraham,
had compassion on his people
to pray and implore mercy and compassion
and he truly has compassion on us,
Remember that your compassion O Lord,
Withhold not, O Lord, your compassion from me,
greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Does he in anger withhold his compassion?”
may your compassion quickly come to us,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion,
on his children, so the Lord has compassion
for them compassion from all who held them captive
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
Your compassion is great.
who has compassion on the poor lends to the Lord,
I will show no compassion
or compassion to do any of these things for you.
O lord, our God, are compassion and forgiveness!
My eyes are closed to compassion
for in you the orphans finds compassion”
And will gain have compassion on us,
in your wrath remember compassion
show kindness and compassion toward each other.
And will again have compassion on us,
I will have compassion on them
as a man has compassion on his son
Moved with compassion
the one who treated him with compassion.”
love can give, of fellowship in spirit, compassion
for I am compassionate
for merciful and compassionate is the Lord,
a God of pardons, gracious and compassionate.
good to all and compassionate toward all his works
compassionate and merciful is the Lord;
hands of compassionate women boiled their own
“Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate.”
be kind to one another, compassionate
seen what the Lord, who is compassionate and merciful,
when I face him, perhaps he will forgive me.”
forgive the criminal wrongdoing
Please therefore, forgive the crime
But now, do forgive me my sin once more,
against him, for he will not forgive your sin.
If you would only forgive their sin!
not forgive your transgressions
went after her to forgive her and take her back.
Now forgive my sin,
forgive the transgression of your handmaid,
But now, Lord, forgive the guild of your servant,
and forgive the sin of your people Israel,
listen in heaven and forgive the sin of
from your heavenly dwelling place and forgive
forgive your people their sins and all the
I trust the Lord will forgive your servant this:
May the Lord forgive your servant
he filled Jerusalem, the Lord would not forgive
and forgive the sin of your people Israel,
from your heavenly dwelling place, and forgive
forgive your people who have sinned against you.
my many sins he will forgive
forgive your neighbor's injustice;
flesh cherishes wrath, who will forgive his sins?
their many sacrifices does he forgive their sins.
forgive not their crime,
for I will forgive their evildoing and remember
sinned and rebelled against me, I will forgive
I may forgive their wickedness and their sin
for I will forgive the remnant I preserve.
Say to him, forgive all iniquity,
Forgive, O Lord God!
I will forgive them no longer.
I will forgive them no longer.
Who knows, God may relent and forgive,
forgive us the wrong we have done as we forgive
“If you forgive the faults of others,
your heavenly Fathers will forgive you yours,
If you do not forgive others,
others, neither will your Father forgive you.
has authority on earth to forgive sins”
how often must I forgive him?
Who can forgive sins except God alone?”
to forgive sins”
forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance
Father may in turn forgive you your faults.”
Who can forgive sins but God alone?
has authority on earth to forgive sins”
forgive us our sins for we too forgive all who
if he repents, forgive him.
back to you saying, ‘I am sorry,' forgive him.”
“Father, forgive them;
If you forgive men's sins,
If you forgive a man anything, so do I.
forgive me this injustice!
forgive whatever grievances
forgive as the Lord has forgiven you.
I will forgive their evildoing.
forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrong.
atonement for them, and they will be forgiven.
for the prince's sin, and it will be forgiven
make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven.
for the man's sin, and it will be forgiven.
sin the man committed, and it will be forgiven.
any of the above cases, and it will be forgive
the guilt-offering ram, and he will be forgiven.
unwittingly committed, and it will be forgiven.
be forgiven whatever guilt he may
sin he has committed, and it will be forgiven him.
as you have forgiven them from Egypt
thus they will be forgiven the inadvertence
the aliens residing among you, shall be forgiven.
has been made for him, he will be forgiven.
The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin:
You have forgiven the guild of your people;
and for your past sins pray to be forgiven
A wound can be bound up, and an insult forgiven
when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven
who live there will be forgiven their guilt.
you have not forgiven us.
Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.
Your sins are forgiven
every sin, every blasphemy, will be forgiven men,
blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven
anything against the Son of Man will be forgiven
anything against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
My son, your sins are forgiven. (Paralyzed man)
Your sins are forgiven. (Paralytic)
every sin will be forgiven mankind
against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven
lest perhaps they repent and be forgiven
“My friend, your sins are forgiven you.”
easier to say, Your sins are forgiven you
Little is forgiven the one whose love is small.”
He said to her the, “Your sins are forgiven.”
speaks against the Son of Man will be forgiven
blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven
if you forgive men's sins, they are forgiven them.
of Jesus Christ, that your sins may be forgiven;
“Blest are they whose iniquities are forgiven
that we have been redeemed and our sins forgiven.
forgiving, just as god has forgiven you
But with you is forgiveness
Of forgiveness be not overconfident,
the poor man is wronged and begs forgiveness
his forgiveness of those who return to him!
our God, are compassion and forgiveness!
in behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins
of repentance which led to the forgiveness of sins.
of repentance which led to the forgiveness of sins,
bring repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
in him has forgiveness of sins through his name.
the forgiveness of sins in being proclaimed
we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his.
he forgives sins
anger alike are with him who remits and forgives
and so he forgives them all the more.
each of you forgives his brother from his heart.
Who is this that he even forgives sins?
and forgiving wickedness and crime
rich in kindness, forgiving wickedness
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving
a forgiving God you were to them,
to our God, who is generous in forgiving
Forgiving I have done has been for your sakes
compassionate, and mutually forgiving
tried to reconcile them by saying:
to reconcile everything in his person,
as he became reconciled to the death of Amnon
hear your prayers, and be reconciled to you,
once the great Sovereign became reconciled.
he will again be reconciled with his servants.
to be completely reconciled with his servants.
fear not, you can be reconciled.
go first to be reconciled with your brother.
we were reconciled to him by the death of his son,
who have been reconciled will be saved by his life.
remain single or become reconciled to him again.
who has reconciled us to himself through Christ
be reconciled to God!
through whom we have now reconciliation.
their rejection has meant reconciliation for the world,
and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
he has entrusted the message or reconciliation to us.
reconciliation for you in his mortal body
in Christ, was reconciling the world to himself,
reconciling both of us to God in one body
Catholics Returning Home – A Ministry of Compassion and Reconciliation
CRH is a parish-based program designed to reach out and invite practicing/inactive Catholics to return “Home to the Catholic Church” and resume active practicing of their faith.
Landings International, A Paulist Ministry for Returning Catholics
Since 1988, Landings International is welcoming returning Catholics back as active members in the local parishes. It also provides an evangelizing mission for active Catholics who open their hearts to those who have been away from the Church.
Once Catholic via Internet
This Franciscan Friars program at St. Anthony Messenger seeks to help people reconnect with a local Catholic faith community. The program does this by offering: information, opportunities for interaction with others, personal responses and referral to “Come Home” programs within the Catholic Church in the US.
RUaH is a prayer- and scripture-centered group of Roman Catholics who seek to
understand the clergy sexual abuse crisis, and to discern our role in
advocating Reconciliation, Understanding and Healing (RUaH) of our Church
and of victim/survivors. For more information or if you wish to start a RUaH
Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher
Trauma Recovery Program: Healing the Mind, Body, & Spirit
TRP is a treatment response to adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. This program was established by Trauma Recovery Associates (TRA) to instruct mental health practitioners and spiritual caregivers about this particular trauma. TRA receives funding in order to provide training at little or no cost for community and faith-based organizations. For more information contact:
Trauma Recovery Associates
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Catholic Common Ground Initiative – CCGI
Since 1996, CCGI originated in a concern that unnecessarily polarizing differences among church leaders and members hinder efforts to build the church community and to carry out its mission. The ongoing work of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative represents both a call to renewed dialogue within the church and an effort to undertake and exemplify that kind of dialogue.
North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics – NACSDC
Since 1994, NACSDC is committed to the healing and recovery of those who have experienced separation and divorce.
Trauma Recovery Associates (TRA)
TRA is comprised of mental health professionals with experience treating adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. Core concepts of the internationally recognized Trauma Model, situated in the ambience of prayer are used. Its application can be either from a purely psycho educational perspective, or in a faith-based context. For more information contact:
Trauma Recovery Associates
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Ecumenical & Interfaith
The Faith and Politics Institute
Since 1991, the Faith and Politics Institute provides bipartisan, bridge-building opportunities for political leaders to experience the spiritual power of conscience, courage, and compassion.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation - FOR
Since 1915, FOR seeks to replace violence, wasr, racism, and economic injustice with nonviolence, peace, and justice. FOR is an interfaith organization committed to active nonviolence as a transforming way of life and as a means of radical change.
International Forgiveness Institute
Since 1994, the International Forgiveness Institute is dedicated to helping people gain knowledge about forgiveness and to use that knowledge for personal, group, and societal renewal. IFI was an outgrowth of the social scientific research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1985 by Robert Enright and his colleagues. Professor Enright was looking for a way to disseminate the findings of that research, and the research and writings by others exploring forgiveness, to interested people in all walks of life. The IFI has served as that forum ever since.
Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of his own country; and, when there are just reasons for it, the right to emigrate to other countries and take up residence there. The fact that one is a citizen of a particular State does not detract in any way from his membership in the human family as a whole, nor from his citizenship in the world community.
Pope John XXIII, Peace on Earth/Pacem in Terris, #25
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- Augsburger, David. The Freedom of Forgiveness. Chicago: Moody Press, 1988.
(Mr. Augsburger is a Mennonite clergyman and professor of theology.)
- Barbernitz, Patricia. Parish Ministry for Returning Catholics. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1993.
- Bausch, William. While You were Gone: A Handbook for Returning Catholics and those thinking about it. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1994.
- Burke, Harriet, Bill Edens, Ken McGuire and Maggie Stapp. People, Promise & Community. New York and Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 1997.
- Catholic Common Ground Initiative. Resources for Dialogue. New York, NY: National Pastoral Life Center, 2006.
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(This is a Christian approach to forgiveness.)
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- Duquin, Loren Hanley. Could You Ever Come Back to the Catholic Church. New York, NY: Alba House, 1997.
- Enright, Robert and Joanna North (eds.). Exploring Forgiveness. Madison, WI: UW Press, 1998. (This is a compilation of papers presented at the 1995 UW International Conference on Forgiveness.)
- Finley, Mitch. The Seeker's Guide to Being Catholic. Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 1997.
- Fitzgerald, William J. Stories of Coming Home. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press 1997.
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- Greeley, Andrew. The Catholic Myth: The Behavior and Beliefs of American Catholics. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990.
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- Hahn, Scott and Hahn, Kimberly. Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1993.
- Harmony, Sarah. Re-Membering/The Ministry of Welcoming Alienated and Inactive Catholics. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
- Hart, Thomas. Spiritual Quest, A Guide to the Changing Landscape. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1999.
- Hellwig, Monika. Sign of Reconciliation and Conversion: The Sacrament of Penance for Our Times. Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, Inc., 1984.
- Helmick, SJ, Raymond and Rodney Petersen. Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Religion, Public Policy and Conflict Transformation. Philadelphia, PA: Templeton Foundation Press, 2001.
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- Higgans, Gregory. Where do YOU Stand? Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1995.
- Hinze, Bradford. Practices of Dialogue in the Roman Catholic Church, Aims and Obstacles, Lessons and Laments. New York and London: Continuum, 2006.
- Hoge, Dean. Converts, Dropouts, and Returnees. Washington, DC: USCC, 1981.
- Kemp, Carrie. Catholics Can Come Home Again!: A Guide for the Journey of Reconciliation with Inactive Catholics Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2002.
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- Larson, Earnie. From Anger to Forgiveness. New York: Hazelden Books, 1992.
(This is a 12-step approach.)
- McKee, William, CSSR. How to Reach Out to Inactive Catholics. Laager, MO: Laager Publications, 1982.
- McKenna, Megan. Christ All Merciful. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.
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- Osborne, Kenyan. Reconciliation and Justification: The Sacrament and Its Theology. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1990.
- Petri, Gary, Nancy Fogey and Sr. Marian Klostermann, O.S.F. An Outreach Program for Inactive Catholics / WE MISS YOU. Kansas City, MO.: Archdiocese of Omaha, Sheed & Ward, 1993.
- Raybon, Patricia. My First White Friend. New York, NY: Viking Press, 1996.
(Ms. Raybon is an African-American journalism professor who offers a beautifully articulated personal journey of forgiveness.)
- Rolheiser, Ronald. Forgotten Among the Lilies, Learning to Love Beyond Our Fears. New York, NY: Doubleday, 2005.
- Rolheiser, Ronald. The Shattered Lantern, Rediscovering A Felt Presence of God. New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2004.
- Smedes, Lewis. Forgive and Forget. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1996.
(This is a Christian approach and a classic in the field of interpersonal forgiveness.)
- Smedes, Lewis. The Art of Forgiving. Nashville: Moorings, a division of Random House, 1996.
- Sofield, ST, Loughlan, Carroll Juliano, SHCJ and Bishop Gregory Aymond. Facing Forgiveness, A Catholic's Guide to Letting Go of Anger and Welcoming Reconciliation. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2007.
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- Tobin, Fr. Eamon. How to Forgive Yourself and Others. Ligouri, MO: Ligouri Publications, 1993.
- Wakefield, Dan. Returning: A Spiritual Journey. New York, NJ: Doubleday, 1987
- Weldon, Michael. A Struggle for Holy Ground: Reconciliation and the Rites of Parish Closure. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2004.