One Good Friday John Gualbert met the man who murdered his brother, and just as he was about the take revenge, the man crossed his arms across his chest and begged for mercy “by the Passion of Christ.” John was so moved that he embraced and forgave the man saying, “I cannot refuse what you ask in Christ's name. I grant you your life and I give you my friendship. Pray that God may forgive me my sin.”

Almighty and ever-living God, source of true peace and lover of concord, to know you is true life, to serve you is perfect freedom. Establish us in our love for you that by the example of blessed Saint John Gualbert, your abbot, we may render good for evil and blessings instead of curses and so find in you pardon and peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Aleteia)