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In order to exhale generosity, we need to inhale gratitude. In order to exhale compassion, we need to inhale forgiveness.

I believe that  actions of generosity  come from an  attitude of gratitude  - our own sense of being blessed in life. Similarly, I believe that  actions of mercy and compassion  come from  appropriating forgiveness  - our own feeling of deeply, fully forgiven. One way I've said this before is  "in order to exhale generosity, we need to inhale gratitude. In order to exhale compassion, we need to inhale forgiveness." But appropriating forgiveness is difficult.  In Sunday's Gospel,  we hear the story of Peter wanting to know what the limits or outer boundaries of forgiveness are.   " How often do I need to forgive someone, Jesus? As many as seven times? " he asks.   " Not seven, but seventy-seven, " Jesus answers.   (What's interesting is the Greek that's translated "seventy-seven" can also be translated seventy-times-seven. So when Peter says " do I really have to forgive  seven  times? ", Jesus says " no,  77 ,