By Nathan Castro, Grade 6
St. Adalbert Catholic Academy

      Forgiveness is something extremely powerful. It is practiced by people all over the world. Forgiveness is so powerful that it can change people’s emotions and how they feel about a topic or person. People learn about forgiveness through the church, through their parents and even in school. You are taught to forgive others so that you too can also be forgiven. Forgiving someone makes you feel free from all the negative energy you had towards someone or something.

      Forgiveness can stop problems. For example, if you are in an argument and the other person starts the argument and they ask for your forgiveness you could forgive them and the argument will be over. Another example is if you hit someone by accident and you ask for their forgiveness the other person will forgive you. The last example of forgiveness is when the pope got shot and he forgave his attacker in prison. These are all cases of forgiveness in action.

      The church teaches forgiveness too. The church teaches everyone that forgiveness is key and that we should love enemies. The sacrament of penance lets us confess all of our since when we do this we are cleansed from all the bad things we had on our chest and the priest listens and God forgives us. When Jesus got put on the cross he said to his father “ forgive them for they know not what they do” this means Jesus was asking his father for their forgiveness and not to punish them. Another quote is in the reading of John 1: 9 it says  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. These readings and quotes are teached in all churches.

     Importance of forgiveness. Forgiveness is important because God wants us to forgive our enemies all the time. God says that we should love each other; he doesn’t want us to fight with one another. In the bible most of the stories have forgiveness in them this is because if you never forgive your enemy they’re  gonna move on in life and they’re going to be happy in life. This is why forgiveness is very important in life.