Face to face On Dreibornerstrasse

Face to face
On Dreibornerstrasse in 2013,
Stolpersteine have just been planted,
In the pavement.
Similar in age, she fondly remembers
The old school, while I remember
The day in 1938 when
Our little group of Jewish children
Were encircled by hate.
Forgive?

Tomorrow A Garland for Ashes
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Chapter 20: Learning How to Forgive

Maturing Toward Wholeness in the Inner Life
CHAPTER 20
Learning How to Forgive:
Changing the Effects of the Past on the Present and the Future

Forgiving my enemy can be hard, especially if I misunderstand what forgiveness is. Forgiveness never denies or minimizes the wrong. It is a way of responding to the wrong. It acknowledges God as Judge and leads to my healing. It changes the effects of the past on the present. Jesus teaches me how. He is just the kind of person who forgives.

(George Miley) Recorded 17/28/2017

Restored by Love

‘Restored by Love’ was the theme of the Paradise in the City Festival organized by the Chemin Neuf Community in July 2016. The Festival hosted over 5000 young people from all over the world in Łódź, Poland, for World Youth Day. Thirty young people from different countries prepared the Festival throughout the year. These young people shared their path of transformation in Christ. Festival speakers (among them Cardinal Luis Antonio Taagle, Bishop Grzegorz Rys, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby) also shared why it is important to allow yourself to be restored by love and how to live after this experience.

One of the striking stories is that of Hanna Miley, Jewish by birth, whose past was closely linked to the city of Łódź during the Second World War. Her testimony shows how God’s mercy can heal and save our lives.

Small Group Sharing

We suggest that you keep a moment of silence after the film to remember the areas of your lives that have been healed. Then you are invited to share the following questions in small groups:

– What touched me or spoke to me in this film? What would I like to keep hold of?

– Have I already been healed by God’s love in my personal story? Do I sense the need for healing in an aspect of my life today?

– Where does healing in my life seem to be impossible from a human viewpoint?

Intercession

Lord, we pray for all people who need healing in their lives. Help them to open their hearts, heal their lives and approach your love, so they can receive mercy.

We pray that all young people may discover how to live with you in their daily lives. Fill them lives with your presence.

Lord, give us a merciful heart for others and help us to embody the Beatitudes in our lives.

From the Word

My dear friends, let us love one another, since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. This is the revelation of God’s love for us, that God sent his only son into the world that we might have love through him. Love consists in this: it is not we who loved God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sins. My dear friends, if God loved us so much, we too should love each other. No one has ever seen God, but as long as we love one another God remains in us and his love comes to its perfection in us.

1 John 4:7, 9-11

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