The Forgiveness Workshop

Welcome to this online workshop on growing in forgiveness. Fr. Dominick Hankle PhD holds workshops to help people live their Christian vocation to be more forgiving people. Many have been unable to attend these workshops and have asked for resources to help them develop a deeper sense of forgiveness in their Christian walk.. Fr. Dominick has put together a 4 part video series based on his book “The Christian Vocation of Forgiveness: Living a Life of Peace and Grace.” The book can be ordered here from Amazon if you would like a more detailed description of what Fr. Dominick explains in this video series.

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Click here to watch the introduction video and use the document below to consider the key ideas of this class.

Part I – Why Forgiveness and What it is

First, click here to listen to Fr. Dominick’s lecture

Think and pray about how you might respond to this prompt:

“What are the most important reasons you have for
embarking on this journey to be a more forgiving
person? Why are these reasons important to you?
What do you hope your life will be like when you
have forgiven people who have hurt you and caused
you pain?”

Part II – Early Christianity and Forgiveness

First, click here to listen to Fr. Dominick’s second lecture

Think and pray about how you might respond to this prompt:

“If you were to become a more forgiving person how might your relationships be different and how might they reflect what we have learned about from how the early Christian communities lived?”

Part III – The Psychology and Theology of Forgiveness

Frist, click here to listen to Fr. Dominick’s third lecture

Think and Pray about how you might respond to this prompt:

“Are you prepared to forgive someone who may have hurt you? How is the Holy Spirit prompting you to become a more forgiving person?

Part IV – Practicing Forgiveness in the Holy Spirit

Click here to listen to the last lecture in the series. Then, begin implementing the following meditation and practices outlined in the talk:

  • Commit to a Christian Worldview – Sometimes bad things happen to good people and sometimes justice does not emerge as we would like. Sin has fractued our reality, that is why you were hurt.
  • Consider Why – Think about the ideas presented above and consider why YOU were hurt by someone. Why did someone hurt you in this particular time and place. Try to look at your situation from a more distant position and from a more emotionally detatched place.
  • Assess Your Alternatives – What have you done instead of forgiving the one who hurt you and how have these alternative strtegies worked? Are your wounds keeping you from loving others and allowing others to love you? Explore your wounds and the many ways you have tried to heal them. How has this worked for you?
  • Develop Empathy and Compassion for your Offender – Ask the Holy Spirit to help you see the individual who hurt you for what he or she is, not the great monster and threat you believe them to be.
  • Extend Forgiveness Publically – Find a way to express the forgiveness you are extending to those who hurt you to make your choice to forgive others concrete. Ask the Holy Spirit to inspire you to offer and live the forgiveness.
  • Create Your Redemptive Narrative – Find a way to make your suffering matter. Give it meaning and purpose so your choice to be forgiving can be sustained. Make the narrative regarding why you were hurt and why you are choosing to forgive connect to the fact by choosing forgiveness, you are choosing to stop perpetuating hurt on others.
  • Live the Redemptive Narrative – Remind yourself over and over that your suffering and pain and the fact you are still angry over your situation does not mean you haven’t forgiven the offender. Retell your story and live it as a commitment to healing.
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