LISTENING TO OUR INNER selves with respectful attention releases us from rigid judgment. It opens the door to God’s healing and transformation within. Likewise it prepares the way for empathetic listening to others, perceiving the wound, helping to release the gift. Bringing this inner shalom both to ourselves and to others is one of the supreme adventures on the journey of forgiveness.
—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)
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Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry.
—James 1:19 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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