Saint Theodosius the Great on Forgiveness

St. Theodosius the Great, Emperor of the Roman Empire

St. Theodosius the Great, Emperor of the Roman Empire

Why should it be thought wonderful or magnificent that we should forgo our anger against the men who have insulted us, we who are ourselves only men, seeing that he who is Lord of the world, having come as he did to earth and having been made a servant for our sakes, and having been crucified by those to whom he had done kindness, besought the Father on their behalf, praying, “Forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”?

* This excerpt is from “Homilies on the Statues” by St. John Chrysostom

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