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Catholic Men and Grudges
By Frank J Casella
Photo: Conversations On The Bridge - Copyright 2019 Frank J Casella.  A natural color fine art photograph of two people enjoying conversations on the bridge at the wetlands preserve in Midwest America.

Release the Resentment: Letting Go of Grudges as Catholic Men


As we strive to live out our faith, it's crucial that we refrain from clinging onto grudges and bitterness. These negative emotions not only weigh us down, but also tarnish our character as faithful servants of God.


The Catholic Catechism and the Ten Commandments remind us to treat others with the same kindness and compassion that we desire for ourselves. However, Pope Francis's teachings on mercy may challenge us, as we struggle with the belief that some individuals are more deserving of it than others.


It is our duty as men, husbands, and fathers to support our loved ones through their trials and imperfections, and guide them towards eternal salvation. For in marriage, it is not about keeping score or settling old scores, but rather standing by each other through the good times and the bad, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.


The heavy weight of grudges and bitterness can weigh down even the most devout Catholic man. It goes against the very fabric of our faith, one that preaches forgiveness and compassion. 


Let us pray for the strength and grace to let go of any grudges we may be holding onto and to strive to treat others with the same love and forgiveness that God shows us every day. By letting go of grudges, we can create stronger and more loving relationships, and truly live out our faith as Catholic men. Let us always remember the words of Jesus, "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."


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