TODAY'S BREATHING SPACE
Who does not need to forgive somebody for something, or be forgiven for something? Situations weigh on our mind and spirit. What better way to spend a few moments than reading from the masters on how to truly be free of guilt, shame, and sorrow, and to offer that freedom to others? Can we truly echo the words of Jesus: "Forgive them; they know not what they do?" We repeat these words in the most universal of prayers, "forgive us our trespasses (debts) as we forgive those who trespass against us." Here are some of Paraclete's offerings to help.
In Freedom & Forgiveness: A Fresh Look at the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Father Paul Farren examines the Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation and the ways it brings us into a deeper experience of God. Totaling just 85 pages, this little book is simple, easy to read, and deeply prayerful. Father Paul’s Irish storytelling background comes to the forefront as he articulates simply but effectively the history of confession. Father Farren paints a picture of the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a relationship with God, not as uncompromising judge but as loving God who longs for a restored relationship with His children. It is an inspirational and compelling picture.
If you find it difficult to forgive, Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving by Paula Huston is your encouragement. is your encouragement. If you’re having trouble accepting forgiveness for something you have done, this book is your inspiration. With honesty, writing about her own failings, Paula Huston examines the intellectual, psychological, social, and spiritual meanings of forgiveness. She asks tough questions and then offers possible solutions, drawing a portrait of a truly forgiving person.
“One of Jesus’ most mind-boggling declarations is that we who hope to follow him must first be willing to forgive the people who have hurt us. ‘If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.’” (Mt. 6:11-15) This book will help.