Forgive Us as We Forgive Those
With Susan Stabile
October 22, 2019
In the Lord’s Prayer Christians pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Many of us say those words many times each week, and some, every day. Yet forgiveness is something we struggle with. For many of us, accepting God’s forgiveness of our failings is difficult. Even more of us struggle with forgiving those who have hurt us, those we love, or our communities. This evening will invite us to reflect on the things that make it difficult for us to forgive. How do we deal with anger and hurt that hinder forgiveness? How do we separate forgiveness from our notions of justice and desert? What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? What is the relationship between our acceptance of God’s forgiveness of us and our willingness to forgive others? These are some of the questions we will explore in our time together.
Susan Stabile is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and an adjunct instructor in Theology at St. Catherine’s University. She previously held the position of Director of the University of St. Thomas Office for Spirituality. Susan is a spiritual director and retreat leader trained in the Ignatian tradition. She offers individual spiritual direction and conducts retreats, RCIA and adult faith formation classes, and other programs at parishes, retreat houses and other venues. Susan is the author of Growing in Love and Wisdom (Oxford University Press) and the blog, Creo en Dios!, on which she posts spiritual reflections and podcasts.
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