How do we forgive those who have hurt us? How do we forgive those who have hurt our loved ones?
The 70 x 7 Faith, Family, and Forgiveness Retreat Series delivered its second retreat of the year on Saturday, January 21, 2015 with Forgiveness in Rwanda: Spiritual Lessons for All Our Lives. Presenter Dr. Dianne M. Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., shared the inspiring story of Immaculée Ilibagiza to over 80 retreatants at Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church in Cedar Knolls.
Dr. Traflet shared excerpts from Immaculée’s book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, where Immaculée recounts her experience during the genocide in late spring and summer of 1994. Hidden in a bathroom with seven other women for three months while her family and friends were murdered, Immaculée spent her days in deep prayer. Extraordinarily, she chose to forgive those who killed her family members. Retreat participants found Immaculée’s story compelling and helpful "in their journey of forgiving and keeping God, and his love, in our hearts as we forgive ourselves and others".
Vital to Immaculée's journey of forgiveness was her prayerful devotion to the Rosary. To illustrate the indispensable connection between prayer and forgiveness, professional singer Keaton Douglas led the group in prayer with the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. Following the retreat, participants reflected that they were left to ponder "forgiveness as a choice, again and again".
The next retreat, titled Betrayal and Forgiveness in the Book of Genesis and the Institution of the Eucharist will occur on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dr. Gregory Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.) will highlight the Old Testament stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Joseph and his brothers and how they allow a better understanding of Jesus's Institution of the Eucharist. The retreat is open to the public and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Gregory Glazov, D.Phil. (Oxon.) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He earned an M.Phil. and a D.Phil. in Jewish Studies in the Graeco-Roman World from Oxford University. Specializing in Old Testament Studies and in Second Temple Literature, he teaches courses such as Jewish Roots of Christian Spirituality, Prophetic Literature, Pentateuch, Wisdom Literature and Psalms and The Four Loves and Family Life.
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