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The Woman Caught in Adultery & Forgiveness Fr. Roger J. Landry


 The Adulterous Woman 

By: Marcellino D'Ambrosio


A mother once approached Napoleon seeking a pardon for her son. The emperor replied that the young man had committed a certain offense twice and justice demanded death. 

"But I don't ask for justice," the mother explained. "I plead for mercy." 

"But your son does not deserve mercy," Napoleon replied. 

"Sir," the woman cried, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for." 

"Well, then," the emperor said, "I will have mercy." And he spared the woman's son. 

Luis Palau, Experiencing God's Forgiveness, Multnomah Press, 1984.


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Advantage of Knowing Christ Christ 

Casting Stones 

Clemency, Justice and Mercy 

Is God Doing Something New? 

Life In The Lost and Found 

The Lord Has Done Great Things (With Me, I am gld!) 

The New Exodus 

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Apostolic Letter from Pope John Paul II on the Sacrament of Penance (Link)

Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Google Books

The knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: the high Christology of Philippians 3 by Veronica Koperski - Google Books

The Gospel of John, Ignatious Study Bible - Google Boosks

Sacra Pagina - The Gospel of John - Daniel J Harrington - Google Books