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Called to forgive

Catholics are called to forgive those around them daily. But how do we truly reach forgiveness and be at peace? In this section, you'll find stories of Catholics who have suffered betrayal and heartache, but have found it in their heart to forgive. It also includes priests discussing forgiveness from a Church standpoint, psychologists talking about the impact on mental and physical health and resources that can help you forgive. 


When it’s time to let go of pain and begin healing

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: August 3, 2021   

It might be that pain in the pit of your stomach that won’t go away. Or the vitriol spewed at an unsuspecting but admittedly slow-moving cashier. Maybe it’s why it’s hard to walk through the doors of a church.  Forgiveness and our willingness to give it is an intangible human experience with lasting consequences on physical, mental and spiritual well being. Clinical psychologists George and Sherry Simon, parishioners at Christ the King Church in Little Rock, More... 

How to forgive someone who hurts you and find peace

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: August 2, 2021   

Humans are given choices and can choose to forgive. While there is no such thing as forgive and forget, there is mercy, priests said.  The story of humanity is one of forgiveness, from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the terrified apostles receiving Jesus’ message of peace rather than condemnation after their betrayal at the crucifixion. “We say, ‘to forgive and forget.’ I’m like no; we're human beings. It's impossible probably for us to More... 

Catholics share stories of suffering and finding forgiveness

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: July 30, 2021      

Some Catholics have forgiven the unforgivable, offering everyone a guide for walking with Jesus toward forgiveness.  In the “Our Father” prayer, Jesus included some of the most challenging words in all of Scripture: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  It’s a call to forgive -- every trauma, every grudge, every mistake -- just as the Father does. Those who have gone down this journey say forgiveness never excuses the wrong, but More...