Jesus always had compassion, Pope Francis recalled during his September 13, 2020, Angelus address to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He drew his comments from the day’s Gospel, Mt. 18:21-35, the parable of the indebted servant and master.

“The heart of the parable is the indulgence the master shows towards his servant with the bigger debt,” Pope Francis said. “How much suffering, how many wounds, how many wars could be avoided if forgiveness and mercy were the style of our life!

“Even in families, even in families. How many families are disunited, who do not know how to forgive each other. How many brothers and sisters bear resentment within. It is necessary to apply merciful love to all human relationships: between spouses, between parents and children, within our communities, in the Church, and also in society and politics.”

Praise the Lord

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