In the most sublime of all holy petitions, known as the Lord's Prayer, God is asked to "forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." This supplication to Deity for forgiveness is qualified by a condition to be fulfilled by the petitioner—"as we forgive our debtors." Here is a definite mental state to be attained, in order to obtain that forgiveness from our divine Father which is sought by all who voice this prayer.

What, then, does it mean to forgive our debtors in order that we, too, may be forgiven? Who are our debtors? It is they who may hold toward us thoughts unlike God, good. Such thoughts may take the form of hatred, of jealousy, of resentment or malice, of the desire for revenge, based upon a personal sense of injury or misrepresentation; and because of this, the persons who hold these thoughts may come to be regarded as our enemies. These are they toward whom the need is to exercise forgiveness, in order to obtain divine mercy for ourselves.

Concerning Collections
July 18, 1936

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