HEALING OUR WOUNDS: Forgiveness in the Spiritual Life
August 26 @ 3:00 pm - August 30 @ 10:00 am
We give them, we suffer them, and our bodies hold on to them for years: Wounds. We can imprison ourselves in them and wither emotionally for far too long without the transforming power of forgiveness. It is Divine Love that liberates us from resentment, self-pity, and isolation. The love that forgives opens a path to inner freedom. God reveals such love in Jesus. When we experience authentic forgiveness, we begin to live again in hope and gratitude. When we ponder such experiences, we desire to enter more personally into the mystery of forgiveness toward others, to become reconcilers ourselves. The process of forgiveness requires the full engagement of desire, willingness, and courage. The whole person—body, mind, and soul—must engage in this endeavor. Without forgiveness, our Christian life and our emotional well-being are incomplete. This is an essential part of becoming our truest selves, the person God intends us to be.