FORMAT FOR EACH SESSION

  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 #5 – The Freedom of Forgiveness

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, forgive me for any bitterness that I have harboured in my heart against You or others. Help me to be slow to anger, quick to forgive and abounding in steadfast love, kindness, compassion, forgiveness and grace. I truly desire to live a life that  allows me to be free from sin and pain.  Help me be the face of Christ to all I encounter so that they may know you as I know you.  Amen.

KENNETH GOODRUM TED TALK

MARY CATHERINE BISHOP VIDEO REFLECTION

Ephesians 4:31-32; 5:1-2

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION QUESTIONS

(1) How can I change my thoughts and feelings towards others that hurt me to allow myself to live with an attitude of forgiveness?

(2) What do I need to do in my fractured relationships to allow me to ask for or offer forgiveness so as to demonstrate the action of forgiveness?

(3) How does God’s grace help me to see that I have the power to forgive?

WEDNESDAY DISCUSSION LINK

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2020 ONLINE DISCUSSION LINK

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2 Comments

  1. Annette

    Thankyou Mary Catherine, really enjoyed your reflection on Forgiveness 🙏❤️

  2. Susan Shaw

    I truly enjoyed this latest retreat on “Building Forgiveness”. Mary Catherine’s talk was excellent; I always enjoy the ones where the subject is made personal with anecdotes that almost all of us can likely relate to. Well done!

    I thought, for a long time, about her last Reflection Question, how grace helps us to see we have the POWER TO FORGIVE. In every broken relationship, I pray to God for his assistance in eliminating the breach so we can all move on in a healthy relationship. A SEED is planted in my mind/soul, which IS the Attitude of Forgiveness, After thinking back to the confrontation, sometimes it just becomes evident where the other person’s (or MY) hurtful words and/or actions were coming from, OR that both of us were “out of line”. Once you have the attitude (readiness) to forgive or ask for forgiveness, the ACTION of FORGIVENESS, is possible, motivated by God’s grace, for sure. You can feel the inflow of grace as the relationship is mended and ready to carry on.