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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, Oct 10, 2022

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …


Most of us—under extreme circumstances—are capable of committing atrocities. The moral difference between pulling the trigger of a rifle in battle and pulling the same trigger in the act of murderous rage is the difference between eternal life and eternal death.

Many years ago, a veteran of WWII, a Catholic, approached a priest with a variation of what is now known as post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD). His wartime acts of vengeance tormented him, and he could find no relief. The priest rightly directed him to the confessional. But the profound healing that comes with forgiveness and the restoration of God’s good grace calls for even more: a spirit of thanksgiving. …

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