The Virtue of the Week– Forgiveness

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Forgiveness is overlooking mistakes and letting go of resentments. Forgiveness frees us from the needless pain of reliving a hurt over and over. Forgiveness doesn’t make a wrong choice right; it brings the generosity of spirit to release it. Forgiveness can heal even the most grievous offense. It brings a blessed opportunity for a clean start. Accepting Divine forgiveness transforms our hopeless guilt into resolve. Self-forgiveness moves us forward, ready to do things differently, with compassion for ourselves and faith that we can change. Forgiveness opens the door of hope.

 Quote: “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.” – Robert H. Goddard

Practice of Forgiveness

I free myself from pain and resentment.

I am willing to heal the past.

I find it in my heart to give others another chance.

I understand that mistakes are a necessary part of growth.

I have the power to change for the better.

I understand my reactions are my choice.

 “Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.” – Bishop Desmond Tutu

Questions for Discussion

  • Is there any forgiveness that is being withheld in our community?
  • In terms of our social justice work, what does forgiveness look like? What form should/could it take?
  • Are there any resentments being held that would impede our social justice work? What do we need to release them?
  • Is there anything we need to forgive ourselves for? What would it look like to practice self-forgiveness?

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