DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     October 26, 1998     vol. 9, no. 209


Weekly Column by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.

          "Hearts-to-heart Talk" is a compendium of talks & writings on "How to Pray with the Heart" by the popular Franciscan from upstate New York - Father Stephen Valenta, O.F.M. Conv. and is a regular column each week on Mondays. This quiet, sincere priest, with over 45 years in pastoral care and in the radio/television ministry, will touch your heart as he pinpoints the "how to's" of praying with and from the heart. In his column today in the DAILY CATHOLIC he completes a short series on reconciliation and what forgiving and asking forgiveness truly mean. He details the natures of man and how the angels, once they cross the line, cannot cross back over whereas man can through the goodness and mercy of the Almighty.    Fr. Stephen's column along with columns by Sister Mary Lucy Astuto and Father John H. Hampsch, C.M.F. promise simple, but effective and vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can reach Fr. Valenta at Hearts to heart Center at P.O. Box 212, Rensselaer, New York, 12144 or you can reach him at (518) 434-1723.

RECONCILIATION - a price to pay! part three

          Reconciliation is attained when there is an act of forgiveness on the part of the one hurt, and the acceptance of forgiveness on the part of one having done the hurting. For true reconciliation to be accomplished, one must forgive with one's whole heart. True reconciliation cannot be achieved if one says, "I forgive you, but I will never forget what you did to me." Our forgiveness or accepting forgiveness must be patterned after God's. He never remembers our hurts after He has forgiven us. It can be noted that in God's case, He never has to accept forgiveness from us because it is against His very nature to hurt anyone.

          The price of reconciliation is very high. It needs that all pride must be squeezed out of each heart. No reconciliation is possible when one refuses to find guilt in one's behavior. In today's world when there is the craze to rationalize in order to justify oneself for any and every action, reconciliation is not even sought after. Anger and hatred surface as a result. It is no wonder that we have families and nations torn apart. Prayer with the heart is a must! Without it, no one can find humility enough to apologize and ask for forgiveness either from God, from neighbor, or even from self.

          Special graces are needed from God for reconciliation, graces which cannot be received unless we have a heart to Heart relationship with Him. Yes, the price of reconciliation is very high, but we only get what we pay for. If we wish to live a life of peace and joy, the highest quality of life known to God and man, we must be ready to humble ourselves before God and our fellowman at any price. Reconciliation is that experience of heart which the world today needs more than ever!

          Those of us of the Fold, those of us who claim to be Mary's children, have every grace available to us, most certainly, the grace of total reconciliation. How Our Lady pleads for reconciliations amongst all of her children! It is no wonder that we hear of her apparitions beginning to come to an end. There is nothing else she can do. She has most assuredly outdone herself in our day. Let us all fulfill what she is asking and be reconciled with one another.

October 26, 1998       volume 9, no. 209
HEARTS TO HEART TALK by Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.


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