A The 70 x 7 Faith, Family and Forgiveness Retreat Series began its much anticipated second part return on Saturday, December 13, 2014 with Shakespeare and Forgiveness: On the Healing and Redemptive Power of Art. The seven-month series, open to the public and sponsored by the Catholic Center for Family Spirituality at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology will lead participants on a spiritual journey of healing and renewal to know, as Pope Francis says, "the joy of forgiveness".
Over sixty retreatants listened as Dr. Gregory Glazov, D.Phil (Oxon.), drew on themes from Shakespeare's play, The Tempest. Retreatants pondered similarities between the protagonist's, Prospero's, journey of forgiveness and their own. How do we acknowledge our hurts? How does remembrance change how we feel about the past? How does love lead to new beginnings? Why choose virtue over vengeance?
Retreatants remarked that they learned that they "must forgive unconditionally, without waiting for others to ask for forgiveness" and "when one forgives a burden is lifted." Professional soprano and composer, Keaton Douglas, highlighted the healing and freeing power of forgiveness through her uplifting performances of How Could I Ever Know, You Love Me, and Pie Jesu.
The second retreat, given by Dr. Dianne M. Traflet, titled Rwanda: Spiritual Lessons for All Our Lives, reflects on the story of Immaculee Ilibigizia, who witnessed the brutal murder of her family and still managed to forgive. The retreat takes passages from Immaculee's book, Left to Tell, and focuses on helping our own efforts to forgive. How do we forgive those who have hurt us? How do we forgive those who have hurt our loved ones?
Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Administration at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. She is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality. She has led numerous retreats, lectures and days of recollection, and is the author of Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait (Pauline Media, 2008).
For more information on upcoming retreats or to register, please contact Anna Capizzi at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (973) 275-2440.
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