How the Forgiveness We’ve Seen in Charleston Can Change the Culture (My interview with Aleteia)

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From my interview with Aleteia Zoe RomanowskyEveryone has heard the stories by now: How relatives of the nine victims gunned down by 21 year-old Dylann Roof at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, NC, appeared at Roof’s bond hearing and spoke words of forgiveness and mercy to him.It’s not the first time we’ve seen this kind of response by devastated family members in the face of unimaginable loss.When Charles Roberts, a 32 year-old milk truck driver, walk … [Read more...]

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The Secret of Forgiving Yourself

We're heading into Lent and, as I noted on the show today, it's a time where lots of us will end up facing some degree of temptation to beat up on ourselves for failing in our efforts to fulfill our Lenten penances.  Beyond this, though, forgiving oneself for one's failings and struggles is a constant struggle.  It can be hard to know what forgiving yourself means much less how to do it.As I've shared before, St Augustine said that  forgiveness is what happens when we "surrender our natural d … [Read more...]

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Coming Monday on More2Life Radio– To forgive, Divine

As our nation tries to put itself back together in the aftermath of last week, many are asking questions about mercy and forgiveness really asks of us.  It's a great question, and one that has a great deal of personal resonance as we reflect on how to treat those who have hurt us in big and small ways. Today, we'll look  at forgiveness actually requires, some common misperceptions about forgiveness and how to bring about healing after the hurt. Call in from Noon-1pm Eastern at 877-573-7825 with y … [Read more...]

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COMING TUES on MORE2LIFE RADIO: A Question of Mercy.

Coming Tues on More2Life Radio:  A question of mercy.  We'll look at mercy, what it is, what it isn't and how to give it more freely without being taken advantage of.Call in with your questions from Noon-1pm E (11am-Noon C) at 877-573-7825 Don't forget to answer our M2L Facebook Question of the Day!  1.  What does being merciful mean to you? 2.  What situations make it most difficult for you to be merciful and why?Listen to More2Life live weekdays from Noon-1pm E (11am-Noon C). Can’t get … [Read more...]

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Study Shows: People who Don’t Go to Church are Haters.

Ok, now that I've got your attention, the study doesn't say that... exactly.  But it does show that non-religious persons are much less willing or able to forgive themselves or others than religious people....those who leave a religious tradition entirely (i.e., those who were religiously affiliated and no longer were at the time of the survey) are less likely to forgive themselves and others compared to those who stay in a religious tradition. What seems to matter in promoting forgiveness, … [Read more...]

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40 Days to a Better Marriage Tip of the Day for Mon 3/18: Forgive Your Spouse

In Sunday's gospel, we're reminded that only "he without sin" may cast the first stone.  Clearly forgiveness is important to the Christian walk.   On the show today, we reminded listeners of St. Augustine's definition of forgiveness; specifically, that it involves surrendering our desire to hurt someone for having hurt us.  It doesn't mean pretending that everything is OK when its not, or letting someone off the hook.  It means surrendering the anger that makes you want to lash out so that you ca … [Read more...]

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