Today was the final session of the Fall Reflection Series on forgiveness we offered at UST School of Law. As we always do, We began the session by giving participants time to share in small groups some of their experience from their prayer over the last week with the material I distributed last week on the subject of the process and challenges of forgiveness.
Jennifer Wright then offered the reflection for this week, which focused on the need to forgive ourselves and to accept God’s forgiveness (which she suggested are two different ways of saying the same thing). Jennifer started by talking about the link between our ability to accept forgiveness and our ability to forgive others. She then talked about some of the reasons it is so hard or us to accept forgiveness, which include issues of trust and pride. At the end of her reflection, I talked a little about the final handout of prayer material and made a few closing remarks to the series.
As we bring this reflection series on forgiveness to a close, I am filled with gratitude for the sharing of all of the participants and the generosity of my colleagues Chato, Mark, Dan and Jennifer for their contributions to the series.