Contrition

by Meritxell Riera Prims

  Detail of La conversione di San Paolo, by Caravaggio (1601)

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 It’s funny. Where I come from, a country with a deeply Catholic background, devotion and sacrifice are always depicted through blood and tears: a Virgin mourning the death of her Son, hands and feet bleeding from having been nailed to a cross.

However, to God tears or blood are not evidence enough of the yearning for Salvation, Forgiveness or merely Love.

God does not demand those things. God does not even require your sacrifice. He/She/It doesn’t want you to prove loyalty through suffering. God only wants a proof of Love. You can only eventually save, forgive, love if you’ve saved, forgiven and loved yourself.

Otherwise, not even God has the ‘power’ to do such things for you.

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