Always With You, chanting, forgive me, forgiveness, Ho'oponopono, i love you, i'm sorry, Jan Phillips, Jesus, Luke, music, thank you, The Sophia Center for Spirituality, transgressions
I had a lovely drive home yesterday through the majestic Green Mountains of Vermont and the surprisingly still yellow maple stands near Troy, NY. Between periods of silence I listened to some of my favorite music. One song reminded me of our repetitive chanting from the weekend and then this morning of the gospel text for today where Jesus says, “If your brother sins, rebuke him and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” (LK 17)
The song is from Hawaii and is a simple repetition that runs on this CD almost 5 minutes. My guess is that it is meant to be sung for as long as it takes for the practice set out in the lyrics to be interiorized. It says simply I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you. As I began to listen to the song the first time, without reading the jacket for background, I kept waiting for a verse – more words to tell a story. As I listened longer, I began to feel the power of it and by the end I was deeply touched by the complete cycle of what should be the process in every transgression in relationship. In saying that, I am aware that some ruptures are difficult to bear and take longer to rectify, but the point is made – by the song and the gospel – that true sincerity in repentance deserves a response of forgiveness and the circle is not complete until we can say again, “I love you.”
The CD is from Jan Phillips and is called Always With You. You can also find it online as Ho’oponopono. Give it a listen and see if it deepens in you the complete movement of forgiveness.
Donna Russin said:
Used this at dentist ofc, calmed me, was perfect. I kept saying I love you, I am sorry, please forgive me silently, later the dentist remarked how calm I was. Love your blogs, Sister Lois…….💜💜💜😊😊😊. Donna Russin
bonnie jean duprey said:
Wow. Reminds me more recently of the lyrics to a song in the Broadway show “Wicked”. There’s a falling out and the women come to meet again and seek forgiveness. The most beautiful line of the chorus (don’t know the name of the actual song) is “Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” The rest of the lyrics speak about sorrow over misunderstandings. St. Paul says “See that I do something new” and I believe the true gift of forgiveness is the ability to let go of things weighing us down and moving on more fully to the destiny that God has in store for each of us. We can live more fully when we let go and let God.