How do we arrive at forgiveness?
Because the road to forgiveness is personal, there is no absolute methodology or timeframe. Rather, forgiveness is a highly individual and complex process.
Forgiveness: Stories of Redemption draws from many sources that provide a framework for forgiveness. You will explore how the Scriptures show that relinquishing anger and reconciling relationships leads to finding peace. You will also explore literature, which opens avenues of escape and embrace. In addition, you will find a collection of moving stories about individuals who have dealt with suffering and injustice in their lives.
These modern parables of forgiveness are at once remarkably unique and universal in their messages of sorrow, faith, and compassion. As you listen to these stories, you very well may perceive parallels with your own experiences or memories. In making these connections, you will discover ways to heal and let go of past pains.
Your guide on this powerful journey is Sr. Camille D’Arienzo, R.S.M., Ph.D. A renowned figure on the topics of forgiveness and social justice, she paints truly unforgettable portraits of reconciliation. James Martin, S.J., bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, writes that these “powerful stories of forgiveness should be heard by anyone who has ever sinned or been sinned against, or anyone who finds it hard to forgive—in other words, everyone.”
In encountering these compelling stories, you will discover the enduring power of forgiveness in your life.
*Artwork: "The Return of the Prodigal Son" by Rembrandt (1669)
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About Your Presenter
Camille D’Arienzo is a Sister of Mercy of the Institute of the Americas, living in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. She received her doctorate in communications from the University of Michigan, and she was a professor at Brooklyn College from 1973–1993. She served as president of the Brooklyn Regional Community of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas from 1993 – 2001, and as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) from 1998–1999. Sister Camille lectures and leads retreats throughout the country on the challenge of reconciliation in an unforgiving world.
Camille’s experience with the New York media includes 39 years as a religion commentator for 1010 WINS Radio. Her preparation for this public role includes the influence of CBS broadcast commentator, Eric Sevareid. She has co-authored a textbook on scriptwriting and has published many hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. A bi-weekly columnist for The National Catholic Reporter, she has long interacted with media professionals, serving as consultant to journalists and broadcasters. Her public positions on matters of social justice have won her numerous awards, including two honorary doctorates.
Founder of the Cherish Life Circle, she is widely known for her efforts to end capital punishment and for the circulation of a Declaration of Life, which allows individuals to affirm their opposition to the death penalty. Since 1998, she has served as spiritual adviser to David Paul Hammer, who is on death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.
- The Challenge of Forgiveness
- Somebody Hurt You
- Room at the Table
- Resisting Forgiveness
- From Doubt to Faith
- Challenges from the Holocaust
- Forgiving Murderers
- Children in a Violent World
- Sympathy Through Suffering
- Forgiving the Church
- Prisoners of the Past
- Recovery Through Restitution