Abundant Pardon!

Isaiah 55:7
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that He may have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.

Every forgiven sin is a greater miracle than creation.  It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create the universe.  It cost Him crucifixion to forgive our sins.  For this reason perhaps, we often feel a reluctance to approach God for the forgiveness of our sins.  Oh, not “sins” in the theoretical sense, those “sins” we confess on Sunday morning when we’re feeling fit and the sun is shining.  It’s easy to confess those because we don’t really take them seriously.  At such moments, we are really saying “Excuse our faux pas,” not “Forgive us our sins.”  But when we really feel the weight of our sins – when the meanness, spite and dirt of that despicable thing we did really presses down on us, it is sometimes all we can do to bring such a squirming maggot in the soul into God’s sight.  We feel acutely then the sinfulness of sin and we fear God’s judgment.  But the wonder is precisely that this sin – this repulsive thing we have done – is indeed forgiven in Christ Jesus and cast as far from God – and from us – as the east is from the west.  For the miracle really is a miracle.  There is no sin – save the sin of refusing the forgiveness – that the grace of Christ cannot forgive.  Today, receive the grace of Christ and start all over again.  He will abundantly pardon.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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