When It Hurts
There are times when we fall short of acting with love, short of following the path of “doing what we believe.” And there are times when others fall short in treating us with love, times when we hurt one another through our words and our actions.
This module begins by inviting the young people to consider times when they have been hurt by another and to consider how easy or hard it can be to forgive. They hear several powerful stories of forgiveness and then consider the question, Could I forgive like this? They also explore the ways in which they and their peers fall short of acting with love and mercy in their ordinary, daily life.
Bishop Frank invites the young people to consider practical things they can do in this moment to heal the hurt of someone they know. The module closes with prayerful reflection on our call to forgiveness and reflection on the unconditional love and forgiveness of God, who loves and forgives us despite our brokeness and failings. The ultimate questions for reflection are these: Can we love? Can we forgive one another like this?
Questions for Conversation
What are some common ways we hurt one another among our friends?
For what reasons is it hard to forgive someone who has hurt us unconditionally?
For what reasons is it hard to ask someone we've hurt for forgiveness?