Are You Struggling to Forgive Someone?
We hear a lot about forgiveness in the Gospels.
Jesus told us that we must forgive our brother not seven times, but seventy times seven—that is, every time.
But most of the time, we have difficulty forgiving people. Especially when it comes to the deepest hurts—like those inflicted by family and friends—or those offenses which are repeated or for which we receive no apology.
How can we forgive others not just when it’s easy, but when it’s really hard? How can we make forgiveness more than a lofty ideal?
And how do we put it into practice?
Experience the Freedom of Forgiveness
In the Our Father, we say: “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
Learning how to forgive is therefore not just praiseworthy—it’s necessary for our salvation.
If we fully embrace the call to forgive and truly practice it in our lives, we will experience an unbelievable freedom of soul, mind, and even body.
- We will be unchained from past hurts and move forward, assisted by the grace and mercy of God.
- We will be able to live out Christ’s command to love our enemies and do good to those that hate us.
- We will no longer be slaves to our wounds, but free.
The How-To of Forgiveness
Maybe you’ve tried to embark on this journey before and found yourself lost, confused, or hurting worse.
We will guide you through the how-to of forgiveness so that you will not only have a clear understanding of forgiveness, but also a clear plan to follow.
In this series, you will get:
- A daily video from Fr. Ken Geraci of the Fathers of Mercy, offering guidance to approaching even the hardest situations
- A deliverance exercise which will assist you in freeing yourself from environments, personal attitudes, or diabolical influences that might be holding you back from forgiveness
- A final forgiveness exercise in which Fr. Geraci will lead you in forgiving all the people in your life who have injured you
- Wisdom from the saints who have experienced and practiced forgiveness
- Real-world examples of forgiveness in practice
Father Ken Geraci, CPM
Fr. Ken Geraci, CPM lived the life of the prodigal son for most of his young adult life. Raised in a typical 1980s Catholic family, who only lived the externals of the faith, Fr. Ken left the Church. He spent years focused on money, fitness, and success. Very successful in business, he made little room for God—but God did not give up on him. During this journey, God presented him with challenges that forced him to reconsider his beliefs and answer the question “What is Truth?” Through years of struggle, study, and questioning, Fr. Ken found his way from agnosticism to non-denominational Christianity and ultimately, back to the Catholic Church. Fr. Ken joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2006 and was ordained in 2012. For two years he served as an associate pastor of a medium-sized parish and currently serves as a Missionary, webmaster, and vocation director for the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Ken has a deep understanding of the personal and societal pressures that individuals face when wrestling with their faith. He has much experience with apologetics, having spoken to people coming from all stages of the journey—including those who love Christ as well as those who “hate coming to church.” Fr. Ken was the video host for the Good Catholic series We Believe.
Rachel Shrader is a British-American writer, artist, and musician living in the Carolinas. She is the managing editor of Good Catholic and its sister brand, Get Fed. A devotee of the traditional Latin Mass and the ancient liturgical traditions of the Church, Rachel spent three years working for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, where she was the founding editor of the FSSP news site The Missive. She particularly enjoys writing on military topics and the concepts of courage, self-sacrifice, fortitude, and what it means to love as God loves. She is an avid runner, nature-lover, and student of wilderness medicine and survivalism.
Whitney Hetzel and her husband, James, have been married for thirty-three years. They have nine children ranging in age from twelve to thirty-two. Whitney, who has been homeschooling for twenty-seven years, is an exercise enthusiast who enjoys blogging about health and fitness over at 9 Kid Fitness. But her real passion is discussing faith, family, and the challenges of putting one foot in front of the other on a daily basis, all of which she writes about at Catholic Company Magazine and the Good Catholic blog. Whitney has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Indiana University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Saint Louis University.