Leviticus 19:1–2, 11–18


People often tell me, “I want to forgive, but I can’t let go of what was done to me.” It’s important to clarify that forgiveness doesn’t equate to forgetting. Forgiving doesn’t erase the memory of past hurts; instead, it’s a conscious decision not to let those memories dictate our feelings now. While we may continue to carry a painful memory, it doesn’t need to govern our lives. But by forgiving, the wounds we continue to bear begin to heal. Past injustices are robbed of power and even old hatreds can be left behind.


Merciful Father, grant us the strength to release our hold on painful memories. Help us to forgive as you have forgiven. May we find the courage to let go of old hatreds and resentments, knowing that in forgiveness we find true freedom. Amen.


Explore the mystery of forgiveness by reading paragraphs 2838–45 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

We look forward to praying with you again tomorrow.