Poison And Rusty Arrows

“Pardon one another so that later on you will not remember the injury. The recollection of an injury is in itself a wrong. It adds to our anger, nurtures our sin and hates what is good. It is a rusty arrow and poison for the soul. It puts all virtue to flight.”

                                                                               St. Francis de Paola

For Reflection:

What great insight into the consequences of harboring resentment about a wrong committed against us! In what way does recollecting an injury add to anger, nurture sin, hate the good, and become a rusty arrow and poison for the soul? Why does it put virtue to flight?

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