Think on this as you go through your day, for it applies to each and every one of us..
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are
spiritual should restore him gently; but watch yourself, or you also may be tempted”. Gal. 6:1.
Once upon a time in a monastery, a certain brother committed a grave indiscretion; one that caused all the brethren to convene a council to decide the monk’s fate. The oldest monk, Fr. Farapont, reluctantly came to the meeting, but did so carrying a pail of water with holes in it. When asked by the others why he did such a thing, he said, “Just as I don’t take notice the water leaking out behind me as I proceed, it reminds me of all my own sinful deeds and actions that trickle from me that I also do not notice.” At witnessing such an analogy and didactic gesture, the monks were moved by Fr. Ferapont’s sage wisdom and completely forgave the monk his fault.
There are few decisions that we can make that are as powerful as forgiveness.
Thanks to John and Father Thomas Moore.