PODCAST | A God Who Forgives

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In this meditation: Fr. Javier del Castillo reflects on the revolutionary teaching of St. Paul who preached that Our Lord who is rich in mercy will always forgive us (Ephesians 2:4-10). It is a message that is intended to make our hearts rejoice on this Fourth Sunday of Lent or Laetare Sunday.

Salvation is a gift. God became man for this purpose, to have mercy on us. We don’t forgive our own sins. It is not a conquest of our own. We can’t take our spiritual life in our own hands. Where our struggle lies is in opening up our soul to God and having the humility to recognize our sins.

Even if we live good lives, as Fr. Javier explains, we must never assume that we are without sin. Our lives will find peace and joy only when we continue to ask for forgiveness:

“Lord, I want to hold on tighter to your hand, because I see myself in danger all the time, as long as I am in this world. And I want to be very close to you, really change, try to change my lifestyle, that’s what I want to do.”

To accompany our Lenten meditation of the week, explore “Lent 2024: Possumus! Yes, we are ready!”: a collection of devotions, readings, and meditations from the St. Josemaria Institute to ignite your life of prayer as you make your heart and soul ready for Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord.

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Rev. Javier del Castillo Rev. Javier del Castillo

Fr. Javier del Castillo is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He currently carries out his pastoral ministry in New York and is President of the St. Josemaria Institute.

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