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By Constance Dwyer CFP Correspondent
GRAFTON – A young mother reminded a group of women Saturday that “God loves you and the hardest lesson of all is to accept that God loves those who hurt you, too.”
Allison Gingras, a Catholic writer and speaker, founded Reconciled to You ministries in 2009. She shared her reflections on forgiveness at an all-day retreat for women April 27 in St. James Parish hall.
The timeless topic, which became timely with the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, had those in attendance paying close attention to what she calls “the heart of the Gospel.”
As the ultimate example of how we need to forgive those who have offended us, she cited Jesus’ prayer as he was dying on the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) “We need to reflect on the day of the Crucifixion. He wore a crown of thorns; he was spat on, stripped, and taunted. He didn’t do anything wrong; did nothing but love. He was blameless,” she said. And yet as he was dying, he was still able to ask for the forgiveness of his persecutors. Mrs. Gingras invited the women to imprint upon their hearts that “the Crucifixion is not a one-day event. It’s every day. He took on our sin so we could be forgiven. Mercy you have been given, mercy you must now give.”
The inspirational speaker shared her own story of struggling to forgive ... read more