mandment by imitating the divine model from outside; there has to be a vital participation, coming from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of our God. Only the Spirit by whom we live can make ‘ours’ the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.’4° Then the unity of forgiveness becomes possible and we find ourselves ‘forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave’ us.’4’ 2843 Thus the Lord’s words on forgiveness, the love that loves to the end, become a living reality. The parable of the merciless servant, which crowns the Lord’s teaching on ecclesial commuion, ends with these words: ‘So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”43 It is there, in fact, ‘in the depths of the heart’, that every— 368 thing is bound and loosed. It is not in our power not to feel, or to forget, an offence; but the heart that offers itself to the Holy Spirit turns injury into compassion and purifies the memory in trans
-forming the hurt into intercession. 2844 e extends to the forgiveness of enemies,’44 2262 transfiguring the disciple by configuring him to his Master. Forgiveness is a high-point of e; only hearts attuned to od’s compassion can receive the gift of prayer. Forgiveness also bears witness that, in our world, love is stronger than sin. The martyrs of yesterday and today bear this witness to Jesus. Forgiveness is the fundamental condition of the reconciliation of the children of God with their Father and of men with one another.’45 2845 There is no limit or measure to this essentially divine forgiveness, whether one speaks of ‘sins’ as in Luke (i 1:4), or ‘debts’ as in Matthew (6:12). We are always debtors: ‘Owe no one any thing, except to love one another.”47 The communion of the Holy Trinity is the source and criterion of truth in every relationship. It is lived out in prayer, above all in the Eucharist.’~8 God does not accept the sacrifice of a sower of disunion, but commands that he depart from the altar so that he may first be reconciled with his brother. For God can be appeased only by prayers that make peace. To God, the better offering is peace, brotherly concord and a people made one in the unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.’49