In a world that seems to be at war with itself and a society that points fingers and places blame on others or condones the seeking of revenge it is important for us to examine our Christian principle of forgiveness. If we follow the belief of an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth, we would all soon be blind and toothless. Forgiveness is one of the basic tenets of our faith and yet it is one of the most challenging things for us to do. We are often surprised by extraordinary acts of forgiveness. Many may remember in October of 2006 when a gunman entered an Amish school and killed 2 girls and shot 8 others and then took his own life. After this horrific and tragic incident, the Amish community forgave the killer and his family. The community responded this way because of their belief in the words of Jesus Christ who tells us to forgive one another and to think of the needs of others before ourselves.
Forgiveness isn’t something that’s just practiced in extraordinary circumstances. Forgiveness is something that takes place in our everyday lives. It takes place in all of our relationships.
We would like to invite you to join us in exploring this aspect of our faith this fall. We will explore why we should forgive, the meaning of forgiveness including what forgiveness is not, and a fourfold path to learning how to forgive. We will be reading a book written by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu entitled The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. All materials for this class/book study will be provided at no cost. We will gather every Wednesday evening at 7 pm starting September 13 and continue through November 1. It is our hope that in offering this class/book study that we will not only improve and strengthen our relationships with others, but also deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions, please call the office (723-9360) and speak with Father Tim.