“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

“Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do”.

“To err is human, to forgive divine”.

“To understand all is to forgive all”.

All the wicked thoughts, words and deeds committed in the universe, are the result of our blindness and stupidity, the fruits of original sin, pride. If we possessed the eyes of God, we would see things and people as they really are. If we possessed the mind of God, our reactions to them would be right, and merciful. When we do possess such vision and loving kindness, we possess, or rather are possessed by the ‘Light of the World’, Love.

As an analogy, children are naughty because of their limited ‘vision’ and understanding of how the world works. A good father does not take a machine gun to them, to end their naughtiness! No, first, he arrests or stops the bad action, then tries to teach them the error of their ways. The child is sorry, says sorry, and is forgiven. They do some reparative act, and are hugged/consoled. In this way, they grow up, and become more like their father.

Only the child who denies the rightful authority of their father to correct and teach them, i.e. fails to respect them, is destined to grow up to be unlike him, to be unworthy to inherit his riches. Such a child causes their good father great heartache and woe, but never his hatred.

We must be bonded to our parents from the moment of our birth, and know that they love us, even when we are bad. ‘Abba’, the word used by Jesus about His Father, is more closely translated as ‘Daddy’. He taught us to call Him, OUR Father. He also gave us His Mother to be our mother. Mother is close to the child, provides succour and advocacy. She helps the child to love, honour and obey Father.

O merciful Father, I pray with Mary, that in the hour of his death, You granted Osama bin Laden Your merciful vision, and showed him Your merciful mind, and that he received the Grace to repent of his sins. Amen.

PS: And yes Toad, even ObL deserves a plenary indulgence. Everybody does, and if they are unable to earn one for themselves, they can be earned by the generosity of others.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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10 Responses to Mercy

  1. annem040359 says:

    Remember that Osama Bin Laden was one of the many false prophets Jesus our divine mercy warned about in the Gospels. Also with Bin Laden gone, this may increase opportunities for the Gospel to go out to more Muslims, offering TRUE HOPE in the GOOD NEWS that is Jesus.


  2. Toadspittle says:

    “Also with Bin Laden gone, this may increase opportunities for the Gospel to go out to more Muslims,”

    Indeed it might, Annemo,etc.

    But best not hold your breath.
    Muslims are making many more converts than Christians these days, it seems.
    Toad is not a bit happy about this, because – if he upsets Christians, they say, “Tut, tut, Naughty old Toad,” but if he upsets Muslims, they will cut his head off.
    And Toad needs his head to hang his spectacles on.


  3. Toadspittle says:

    But, to be a a teeny bit serious – surely if we will all be forgiven, “..because we know not what we do,” then we are all guilty of nothing? Except ignorance, possibly?


  4. annem040359 says:

    You may be interested in Philip Jenkins, who wrote a book about the changing face of the Christian, in what is called the “global south”, what is Asia, Africa, Latin America, but Africa in a special way. He has written a book about it, and with this growth of new Christians from the southern half of the world, it has helped the Christian faith, outpacing what the Muslims are doing. Here is his personal website:


  5. Brother Burrito says:

    Many will be saved by “invincible ignorance”.

    So Toad will say: “Then cultivate invincible ignorance”.

    Do you really want the world to decay further than it has already?

    Civilisation requires the human race to grow up, not down. If civilisation is wanted, AND salvation of souls is wanted, then the Church is the only way to attain both goals.


  6. Toadspittle says:

    Burro’s last comment reminds Toad of Montaigne saying, “If it’s true that stupid people are happier than the rest of us, shouldn’t the rest of us start taking stupid lessons as soon as possible?”


  7. Seeker says:

    I’m amused by the picture chosen for this post – Mary in the foreground brightly illuminated with a shining halo; Jesus standing behind and to one side of her, partially in shadow with his halo barely visible. It’s a lovely example of the tendency to put emphasis on Mary.


  8. Brother Burrito says:

    Hello Seeker,

    I am still coming to a fuller understanding of the role of Mary in my Salvation. This is what has been revealed to me so far:
    1) Mary is not God: she is a creature just like us, though very special, as she was uniquely chosen for her special role as mother of Christ. Of necessity, she had to be conceived without original sin to fulfill that role.
    2) Being a creature like us, she is more easily approachable than her Divine Son. Little children instinctively run to their mothers for succour, consolation and comfort. Her power and holiness come from her Son, and she consoles us by leading us little tots on to meet Him; she presents Him to us, and us to Him.

    I found the image by googling ‘Jesus Mary Mercy’ images. It looks like a composite of two common devotional images. I agree that the ‘balance’ of the two images could lead to misunderstanding. The Father and Holy Spirit are not visible, The ascended Christ is not visible, but is imaginable. Divinity is hidden. Mary, a creature like us, is even easier to imagine.

    Mary leads us to Christ, who brings us into the Trinity. I have a long way to go, myself.


  9. Toadspittle says:

    Toad thinks it is safe to say that, in Spain, where he lives, (and in Central and South America) Jesus very much takes the back seat compared with Mary. She is much more worshipped. It’s her statue that’s dressed up and paraded around. She is the ‘star’ even during Holy Week. The high point comes when her reborn son meets her, and bows down to her.
    The Church may say, “You mustn’t worship her,” But the people just say OK, and do it anyway, So there we are.


  10. annem040359 says:

    Also it could be, how the special painting is shown because of what, to remember what Jesus said from the cross, saying to the beloved apostle, “behold your mother”. The painting I sense, it a reminder of what Jesus said.


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