The world is full of those who suffer unjustly and who through no fault of their own bear the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”. What should be their attitude to those who speak untruly of them, who malign their good names, who steal their reputations, and who sneer at their acts of kindness? The answer is to be found in the first word from the Cross: Forgive. If there was ever anyone who had a right to protest against injustice, it was He Who is Divine Justice; if ever there was anyone who was entitled to reproach those who dug his hands and feet with steel, it was Our Lord on the Cross.
And yet at that very moment when a tree turns against Him and becomes a cross, when iron turns against Him and becomes nails, when roses turn against Him and become thorns, when men turn against Him and become executioners, He lets fall from His lips for the first time in the history of the world a prayer for enemies: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
-Archbishop Fulton Sheen (source)
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