The Mystery of Holy Repentance
Part II
Compiled by: +Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D.

The Second Type of Sin which keep us separated from God is MURDER, a Sin against one's neighbor.

Not only does this include one who physically kills, but one who hates: "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer," (1 John 3:15).  To hate is to kill the spirit.  Anyone who refuses to outwardly and inwardly forgive and holds a grudge, commits the same sin.  "If you do not forgive men their trespasses (transgressions), neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (transgressions)" (Matt. 6:15).

One should also see the parable of the debtors (Matt: 18:23-35), "If you do not forgive your brother from your heart," the Heavenly Father will treat you the same way He did the unkind debtor.  That is why St. Paul tells us, "Be angry, but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger" (Eph. 4:26), meaning to say nothing unkind or entice, by deception anyone to take action against the one whom you may feel has caused you anger or trespassed against you for in doing so, you lead an accomplice(s) into the same sin.  To do so by deception, whether direct or indirect, by intimidation or by manipulation of others will cause for an accumulation of sins to your-self and them who are your accomplices.

It is for this and other reasons that we find in Matthew 6:9, "Praying in like manner" has been errantly pronounced by churches as "pray in the same exacting manner".  "In like manner" means, in a similar way or manner, not necessarily in the exact same way or manner of words as though in a ritual formulary.  As a result of this enlightening understanding, there are those who have made an enlargement upon many prayers, especially the Lord's Prayer, in a manner that is seemingly more holistic for many who have been and are suffering from those many sins which cause within, agony of soul, anxiety (conscious and unconscious) and worse.  Those additional expansions seem to appear to be more encompassing for today's age whereby the emotional, psychological and spiritual needs are being met.

As an example:

Our Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible...
Let your Name be Hallowed and Glorified....
Let Your Kingdom come...
Let Your Will be done...
We (I) thank you for this day and our (my) daily bread...
We (I) pray you forgive us our transgressions of thought, word and deed...

As we forgive those who have transgressed against us.... by their thoughts, words and deeds... past and present, living and reposed, for right or wrong, real or imagined... Have mercy on them O'Lord and on us...
Mercifully bind those who, by their thoughts, words and deeds, would knowingly or unknowingly do evil against us....

And help us O'Lord to not be led into further temptations,
But deliver us from the Evil One...
For Yours is truly the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory of the +O'Father, and of Thy +Son, and of Thy +Holy Spirit... AMEN!   AMEN!   AMEN!

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