Human weakness results to error or sin.
Imperfection is part of a picture.
The fleeting hours of life are like hands that touch and repel.
Life is like a whirlpool of falling water, white snowy icing, and flower windmill. It is a fragrance of Christ's linen. Life is every new breath from God's mouth.
Life is beauty in all forms like a bud that stoops. It can be an old tree that bends and knees that touch the ground. The humble ground of dust and earth are like growing skyscrapers, and then tombs and houses that become a green field.
Admitting that one has been wrong, defines in a man a deep longing for change or transformation. This is one of the hardest acts to do. In various cultures a spoken word is like the word of a king.
Hence, a word spoken must be executed.
The warrior never retreats a battle even if it costs his life. A father and mother never give up on their child. A vow never betrays. In some aspects of life there are no turning back.
But what if you were wrong? What if you need to take your word back?
Would you fall on your knees? Would you eat your pride? Would you say I am sorry?
Is admitting a fault a sign of weakness?
In the Bible Peter denied Jesus three time. Later, he wept.
Judas became proud of his status and became too weak in his faith. Judas forgot that Jesus was a true friend and there was forgiveness in a family or a community.
Among others, Mary Magdalene, St. Paul and St. Augustine got converted to holiness because they embraced God's mercy and grace.
Matthew bowed to the altar and was humble compared to the gossiping Pharisees. Matthew admitted his sins. He tried his best to clean his thoughts of malice. He tried to open his heart in the ways of God.
"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone," Jesus said.
Why couldn't we just say, I am sorry?
Repentance culls deep from the heart to live lives anew. It says that God washes our hearts clean and white as snow. Jesus repeats all the time, "Fear not. I am with you."
The secret in asking pardon is a humble heart. The secret in granting pardon is the same.
The Father's love is more than our sins. He sees our hearts.
"Lord forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Pardon dear Lord, pardon."
B. Prayer to the Lord of Pardon
My Lord Jesus Christ, remember that I am a sinner.
Most Holy Virgin, pray for me.
You shall always be praised and blessed.
Pray for this sinner to your beloved son, precious beauty of the angels, the prophets and patriarchs, crown of the martyrs, apostles and confessors, glory of the seraphs, crown of the virgins, save me from the most fearful figure of the demon when my soul departs from my body.
Oh most holy fount of piety, and beauty of Jesus Christ, joy of the heaven, consolation of the clergy, remedy in our works with you virgin most prudent, the angels are happy.
Recommend my soul and the souls of all.
Pray for us to your blessed son,and take us to the eternal paradise where you reign and live forever, and there we will venerate you eternally, amen Jesus.
Sovereign Virgin Mary, mother of the living God, because you have delivered him, pray for all the sinners so that he may pardon us.
Save us from the wicked enemy that is fighting us and grant us the eternal glory.
Blessed be forever the sacred passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you, save souls. Amen.