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The Quality of Mercy

Jesus is eager to forgive us and free us from the burden of our sins.

By: Jerome Kodell, OSB

The Quality of Mercy: Jesus is eager to forgive us and free us from the burden of our sins. by Jerome Kodell, OSB

An unfortunate translation in the story in Luke’s Gospel often entitled “The Penitent Woman” gave rise to a misconception that forgiveness of sins depends on one’s fervor.

The sentence that caused the trouble was Luke 7:47, which came to generations of English-speaking Christians in the Catholic Douay-Rheims...

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