Pride. Fear. Hurt. These are raw emotions that can dwell in the heart for a long time if left alone and unreconciled. They can lurk and arise just as fast as a fresh wound. Asking for forgiveness is probably one of the greatest challenges humans can face. It demands peace in the heart to take place. And, once done, a great burden can be lifted. This Advent season, challenge yourself. Are there relationships in your life that need healing? Francis Cardinal George of Chicago recently reflected on forgiveness, “Without forgiveness, there’s no freedom. If we’re not forgiven, we’re not free. And if we can’t forgive somebody else, we’re not free. There’s no possibility of relationship without forgiveness.” (Source: “Cardinal George Explains Faith, World Challenges” Interview with NBC Chicago, 5/11/2011)
Individual reconciliation at St. Anne’s is being offering on Wed., Dec. 21, 4:30-6 p.m.