The Gift Of Forgiveness

While all of us carry wounds that need healing through forgiveness, it is not an easy process to accomplish. Many myths surround the process, which add to the difficulty of giving ourselves the gift of forgiving those who have hurt us.

Henri J. M. Nouwen, in his book The Return of the Prodigal Son, states, “It is freeing to become aware that we do not have to be victims of our past and can learn new ways of responding. But there is a step beyond this recognition… It is the step of forgiveness. Forgiveness is love practiced among people who love poorly. It sets us free without wanting anything in return.”

This weekend retreat explores these myths, a process for forgiveness and the differences between reconciliation and forgiveness. We also explore the obstacles that stand in the way of letting go and moving into the peace that comes from this process.