How Forgiveness Can Renew Your Life - 14th March

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Margaret Commons
8 months ago

Can you please help us to understand how to go about forgiving someone like Putin?

Marci Valente
Reply to  Margaret Commons
8 months ago

We need to pray for Russia and it’s conversion as Our Blessed Mother revealed to us in the apparitions. With prayer comes forgiveness. God bless

Sandie
Reply to  Margaret Commons
8 months ago

Deep sorrow for this man is truly deceived 🙏🙏🙏

Debra Mcintyre
Reply to  Margaret Commons
8 months ago

I have heard many people question forgiveness. It appears to be a most difficult task when we’ve been wronged. I have prayed for my parents many years ago for their abuse. I have since then forgiven them and it opened up my heart to recognize only the good things they taught me. They are long gone and I miss them. As for Putin, I will continue to pray he will reconsider his terrible actions. I pray for the people of the Ukraine. God help them.

Margaret Commons
Reply to  Debra Mcintyre
8 months ago

Thank you Debra. I too am praying that Putin will see the error of his ways and change his way of thinking. My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine and also the Russian people who don’t want yhis war. God please help them all.

Debra Mcintyre
Reply to  Margaret Commons
8 months ago

Amen. This is a time to trust in God.

Judi Walker
8 months ago

Hi Bruce, a poem titled ‘This thing called Unforgiveness’ is in my little book of poetry ie. POAM:Prayers of a Mother’ which I sent you some time ago.I wonder if you have seen it.

Valerie Lack
8 months ago

Hi Bruce. Forgiveness. I sometimes wonder if I have forgiven, when the slight or injury, keeps cropping up in my memory bank. Here is a poem I wrote in my little book of prayer, one day when I was frustrated with myself and battling thoughts I did not want. Within I weep, I sob, I cry My heart hurts and I know why It aches for what I came to be Lack of love is what I see Lack of love, of faith, of hope too many times down slippery slope Forgiveness, I seek, evermore My soul feel’s bruised and… Read more »

Sandie
Reply to  Valerie Lack
8 months ago

Very insightful!👍

Valerie Lack
Reply to  Sandie
8 months ago

Thank you. But know, that I struggle mightily with myself, every day

Lina
Reply to  Valerie Lack
8 months ago

Lovely & heartfelt

Ursel
8 months ago

Thanks

Valerie Lack
Reply to  Ursel
8 months ago

As I said above the struggle is daily, I wonder if it will still be the same when I am very old

brenda
8 months ago

Thank you for having these daily lent messages etc. I am enjoying them early in the morning when I arise. Your messages are giving me lots to think about my life and how I can change it for the better. I am still confused as to how to make it better. One day at a time. Thank you. Have a great day and keep safe.

Geraldine Pillay
8 months ago

Dear Bruce blessings to you and yours. My Oz brother used to send me your Lenten devotions until I signed up to join you. Thank you for your insightful devotions, from South Africa, with love.

Kathy Lowry
8 months ago

Forgiving is easier than forgetting. Can you talk about this?
Thank you for all your inspirational talks.

Sandie
Reply to  Kathy Lowry
8 months ago

You don’t forget, you learn and get better not bitter and develop a heart of gratitude to the Helper… the Holy Spirit. You know when you have truly forgiven because you can ask for Gods best for them! Now trust is a totally different thing! Jesus we trust in you Alone!!!

Cath
8 months ago

Bruce, once again thank you! You are really helping me with my prayer time this Lent, God bless you, Rosemary and your Children. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Sandie
Reply to  Cath
8 months ago

He is truly a man after Gods heart!!! Rosemary keep up the good work, being the help mete he needs!

Sue
8 months ago

I have often wondered why Judus was not granted forgiveness. Would the soldiers have found Jesus without his help? I feel they would have. Why did Jesus have to be betrayed by one close to him? Peter was forgiven for his denials. Was it because he did not ask for forgiveness? Thanks for your daily lessons.

Sandie
Reply to  Sue
8 months ago

He was so broken by his betrayal that he killed himself…we really don’t know his last thoughts🤷🏻‍♀️ We’ll see!

Janice
Reply to  Sandie
8 months ago

I have truly pondered this as well! We have so much more insight into suicide then was conceived back then. Judas must have had utter despair…..that tells me he was heartbroken for what he did. I wonder what his last thoughts were.

Sandie
Reply to  Janice
8 months ago

Perhaps God in His great Mercy???😉I believe many will be surprised at who is there and who isn’t!! Only God knows our hearts and will never be deceived!!! Talk about turning Evil into Good… thank you Jesus we “get to” call God Almighty Father!! I can not thank you enough!!!

Onalenna
8 months ago

Hi Mr Bruce I believe ur a God sent, I am a mother of two, I have been having it hard to forgive, I became a man in my life just to provide for my kids, I have never been happy in the past 3years night and day my head is busy with all those negative thoughts and thanks to the LORD am still kicking and have managed to keep my anger to my self and not to hurt anyone or to end up in a mental institution just for them. Am working but I can assure you life is… Read more »

Marcelles
8 months ago

Love the way you hit home the purposefull point immediately.yes lettin go is the way to self healing..

Patti Grandolfo
8 months ago

I try to start each day with a grateful heart to our Lord. Have mercy on my soul and forgive me my sins, and in your mercy Lord, help me to be forgiving!

Kathy
8 months ago

Thanks for helping me to understand the importance of forgiveness and not holding on to hurts from others!

Louise Van Breugel
8 months ago

Hi Bruce, a t your Sunday teaching service your singers have often sung “I surrender…” I wonder if you could elaborate a bit on that. I am at a part of my life that surrendering happens frequently, just because of age and there is not much I can do about that. But I feel there is much more to the surrendering to God. Hope you find some scripture to explain. Thank you, Bruce.

Gaynor Ouslem
8 months ago

Thank you Bruce please keep me in your prayers as I’m struggling with fasting xx

Gail
8 months ago

If you actually forgive someone who has seriously wronged you, do you also have to allow them back into your life? Someone did something horrible, and I consider that person emotionally dangerous. Although I miss what could have been, the reality is that trust has been broken.
your thoughts?
thank you and God bless.
Gail

Bruce Downes
Reply to  Gail
8 months ago

Hi Gail
I am going to talk this in Wednesday’s Daily Devotional. It’s a great question.
I pray you are well and that you are blessed on this Lent journey.
God bless
Bruce

Filomena Rozzi
8 months ago

I don’t have a problem with forgiving, but if a person has gone too far with hurting me I don’t want anything to do with them any more.

Sandie
Reply to  Filomena Rozzi
8 months ago

Wait till Wednesday!😉. Bruce will speak Truth and Gods blessing will be on every situation!

Ginny
Reply to  Filomena Rozzi
8 months ago

I Understand those words, i forgive and also say a prayer to help us for change and understanding, but may God help me thoughts, because after two years of the same habits , they have no change , But with Bruce keeping the path of prayer open, it does help , — but as they continue to lie and hurt, How to do want to be with them or around them any longer ,,,

Filomena Rozzi
Reply to  Ginny
8 months ago

I terminated a friendship of 50 years without any arguments or bad words because of their behaviour…….I had enough! but I always wish them well and never hated them, the friendship could not continue. I consider myself a decent Christian by forgiving and helping others…..I am sure God will forgive me.

June Adolph
8 months ago

Forgiveness is about free yourself from prison, have peace in your heart

Susan Coyle
8 months ago

How does one begin to talk about God to an agnostic granddaughter

Sandie
Reply to  Susan Coyle
8 months ago

Pray and love her unconditionally! I am still doing that for my grandchildren… it shall come to pass👍

Sherri
8 months ago

It takes me awhile to forgive but I can usually get there but…..moving forward with caution with the person who hurt me well I find it really tough to forget. Is it wrong to keep that person at arena length have I truly forgiven ???

Donna Vatcher
8 months ago

Excellent description of sin and debt. Totally opened my eyes. I look forward to hearing more in the coming days.

Marci Valente
8 months ago

Thank you Bruce. Have a blessed Monday

Deryn Lang
8 months ago

Thank you for the daily messages – each one has been so meaningful

Robert
8 months ago

Thank You 😊, 🙏.

Maryann
8 months ago

Thank you for giving us the prayer plan. It gives better focus on how we should write what is on our mind. It also gives a plan to go back to later.

Mark Anderson
8 months ago

Thanks for the context on talents. An inconceivable debt. I hope that with such understanding I will come to truly release others from the wrongs I believe they’ve done to me. I also pray in thanksgiving that God forgives me more times than I can imagine. I ask that He continue his patience with me, for there are some lessons that I never seem to learn and I fall short so often. From a non-Catholic who joins with my brothers and sisters in faith.

DiAnn
8 months ago

Thank you for this message, I truly have resentment and un-forgiveness in my heart, which I need to let go. Your messages have truly been a blessing. Thank you, DiAnn

Sandie
Reply to  DiAnn
8 months ago

🙏

Jamestina BOC-Ifeobu
8 months ago

When you forgive , it gives you inner most joy, you feel light inside, though its not easy but the love and grace of God will always help us because without his grace, it’s very difficult to forgive, am happy to hear these words again and deeper, which encourages us to forgive, no matter what it’s. Heavenly Father help us to forgive so our own sins will be forgiven. Thank you Bruce

Sandie
8 months ago

I love reading the comments and that you are receiving the thanks for all you do! Continued prayers that people give financially as that leads to reaching more people and takes that care off of you so you can focus on the message He wants you to give to reinforce all He has already done! So very important as He has done everything and we need to step up and do our part! You, Rosemary and the entire team get ready for a huge blessing for 100% obedience! God us so very good to all of us!!

Kathy
8 months ago

Very good word today. Forgiveness can really be tough to do sometimes. It is necessary. Thanks for the word today.

Kim
8 months ago

When you learn to forgive others, then do you also learn to forgive yourself?

Naomi
8 months ago

Hi Bruce! I am enjoying this lent series so much and learning so much and I wanted to thank you for this. Do you have any other series that I can continue following your teachings? Thank you 😊

Mary
8 months ago

Thank you. I just see the comment about forgiving Putin. Last month when we heard the Gospel telling us to pray for our enemies, our priest said to just picture that person and offer them up to the Lord. I have been doing that with Putin and keep praying that the Lord will solve this issue.

Gerald Thibeault
8 months ago

Please pray for me. I have scheduled a meeting with a credit counselor to get help with my debts. Lord God be with me through this process as difficult as it may be. I know this is an earthly issue. Please help me to continually focus on what is eternal and everlasting. Amen!

Sandie
Reply to  Gerald Thibeault
8 months ago

🙏,,, start to tithe😉

rita smetana
8 months ago

During Lent it seems that the devil just will not let go. I have been forgiven, but I fight with myself about forgiving my x-daughter-in-law. I have prayed and been to confession, but her hurtful ways with our grandchildren, still creep in. Being a mother-in-law is a very hard role.

Lee R Post
8 months ago

Today’s teaching on forgiveness was amazing. Understanding what a talent is worth helps put this in perspective, something we do not always have. It also teaches us that we must learn to forgive others, something that I am guessing is not easy for many people to do. Forgiving others should be emphasized as a Catholic teaching, and perhaps have guidance provided on how we can do that. It seems like the focus is on God forgiving us, not us forgiving others. We need BOTH! Imagine if all of us forgave all the people that we currently need to forgive. Whay… Read more »

Mary Slusser
8 months ago

Can you give us some insights about forgiving someone who has seriously hurt someone you love.

Vicky Sullivan
8 months ago

Please tell me how to forgive the man who gave my daughter COVID who can not walk now. So because I’m having a hard time to forgive him God does not forgive me?

Arthur Parker
8 months ago

Have you ever read the RSV Catholic edition?

BDCM Team
Admin
Reply to  Arthur Parker
8 months ago

Dear Arthur, we mainly use the NRSV edition(new revised standard edition). It is the bible where Bruce gets all his scriptures from. If he uses a different translation for a purpose he will state what other translation he is using. Thank you for your question and we hope you are being renewed by the Lord this LENT. Gods blessings Rosemary

Marlene
8 months ago

Hi Bruce I have not spoken to my sister and brother for many years. I know she still feels angry with me and won’t answer my call. I have forgiven her, and know I still love her, what else should I do?

Bertha
8 months ago

I am so joyful I started lent with your daily messages. I am also doing a daily rosary. I feel truly blessed to be able to actively receive Gods message. Thank you.

Gloria J Rodarte
8 months ago

I thank you so much for really explaining God’s forgiveness. I have to admit that I still have issues with some wrong doings done in the past to one of my daughters by her uncle when she was younger. My relationship with my brother-in law has been greatly affected. Nothing really happened thank God but still I would never trust him alone with my grandchilde the female ones.So I will continue to pray about this to really forgive him. Thank you again for your insight and God bless you!!

Larry
8 months ago

I really appreciate the time you must take to prepare for your comments enjoy them very much.
I also like to listen to comments by a bishop from Los Angeli3tt on the life hereafter that are very interesting too.
Keep up the good work, Thank you

Gloria Young
8 months ago

Dear Bruce Thanks for this prayer on forgiveness. I know fully understand on how to forgive. Cause sometimes I forgive a person but I always have this pain in my heart and keep on thinking about all the horrible things this person has done. Even though I tried and prayed for forgiveness thinking why cant this person love me and be kind to me. Even though the person is deceased I keep on replaying all the past. Like Jesus said you have to forgive a person seventy – seven times. I will now pray with delegince for forgiveness for that… Read more »

Renee
8 months ago

Thank you for giving us these explanations of scriptures. May God bless you for this!

Steve
8 months ago

Very inspiring episodes that add much to think about.

Freddy
8 months ago

Thank you for helping me understand the power of forgiveness.

Victoria J
8 months ago

Hi Bruce, I have just learnt when you forgive, Forgive yourself as well.

Barbara Naylor
8 months ago

I watch the once I haven’t had time to watch, I don’t like missing out.
Thank you Bruce and Team 😊

Pulane
8 months ago

Thank you very much .Gods love surpasses our understanding..this has helped me to forgive those l know and even those l dont know..