1. Begin with the prayer for specific for each session
  2. Watch the TED talk video
  3. Watch the reflection video by one of the pastoral team members
  4. Pray over the scripture passage
  5. Review Personal Reflection Questions

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SESSION #4 – How Self Forgiveness Saved My Life

Opening Prayer

Dear Lord of Mercy. I confess my sins to You. I repent of my sins and mistakes. I plead for Your forgiveness for the harm I have caused. … I pray that as You are able to forgive me, that I can forgive myself and those who have sinned against me. AMEN.



Colossians 13:13-17

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


(1) Is there someone in your life you need to forgive?

(2) Is there something in your life you need to forgive yourself for?

(3) What is preventing you from forgiving yourself?

(4) What have you learned from forgiving yourself?



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  1. Brenda Teichert

    Powerful video! Thank you Deacon Mark for your reflections and for sharing your story regarding self forgiveness. It truly is the Peace of Christ and the Love of God that helps us on our journey … and the people He ( in His wisdom) puts in our lives.

  2. Cristina

    Deacon Mark, I hope you felt true self forgiveness. How touching to know that your sense of duty for your family that led you to career changes ended up in so much sorrow for affecting the lives of your own family members. And how desperation followed you for this reason. Forgiveness seems to be a great virtue and we all need it.


    Above all, clothe yourselves with love… Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive…

    The Lord said “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do…” When we do something that is wrong (either wilfully or out of ignorance), we compound our error when we choose not to forgive ourselves as God forgives us. Both the sin and the refusal to forgive sin comes from us and both are opposed by Our Father’s will. Mistakes are an opportunity for us to learn about God’s goodness and to share the lesson with others. Foregiveness is an act of love. When we forgive ourselves it is an act of self love. Thank you Deacon Mark for sharing the wisdom of your painful life lesson and how God’s love of you and your family lead you out of a dark place through the sacrament of forgiveness.

    God’s command to love ourselves (forgive ourselves) teaches us how to love (forgive others), as God loves (forgives) us. You must forgive (yourself) is a command of Love. God knows that to properly love another person, you must live fully the prayer of forgiveness that Jesus made with his dying breath . Do we not harm Jesus when we refuse his free will offering of God’s mercy. Who are we to reject this precious gift from God?

    Lord, clothe us with love. Teach us to live fully the power and the beauty of Your forgiveness in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.