Lent is such an amazing time - it truly is a time of special and abundant grace. When I prayed about what I should focus on this Lent (2014) - FORGIVENESS- kept emerging. At first, it made very little sense to me, as I feel I have a pretty solid hold on this subject. I mean really, I give retreats on forgiveness and mercy for goodness sakes! SUPER Cool Update: I have even written an online course for the Diocese of Providence on the subject of Mercy and Forgiveness!! The course The God of Mercy (which is open to everyone) begins Monday, February 22nd - click here to find out more or to register!!
In my forgiveness presentations, I bare my soul over and over, sharing how I have needed to forgive and how I have needed to be forgiven. In addition, I believe in God's mercy and love, and fully accept and cherish His gift of forgiveness. Especially how it is given so beautifully in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (big, big fan!).
So what more could there be?
God gave me two CLEAR answers.
Message received, blog begun.
I pray you will travel with me for the next 40 days (give or take ... meaning there are more than 40 days from now until Easter, as well as, my intentions to write every day may - now and then - be derailed) [update: it was] as we delve deeper into the Catholic ideas and ideals of Forgiveness. I will be sharing my personal experiences (some painful, some hysterical) - many of the profound right to the heart - Scripture verses that have truly transformed my journey of forgiving, as well as the insights and inspirations of my favorite book on forgiveness ~~~>>>
The first thing to remember. Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is an act of the Will. The second. We can not do it alone and of our own accord. Forgiveness needs God. Quite frankly it is IMPOSSIBLE without God. It is requires Divine Assistance and lots of grace. Trust me I know!
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