Bishop Susan has chosen The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu as this year’s Lenten Book.
Each of us has a deep need to forgive and to be forgiven.
After much reflection on the process of forgiveness, Tutu has seen that there are four important steps to healing.
Step one: Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm;
Step two: Telling one’s story and witnessing the anguish;
Step three: Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness; and,
Step four: renewing or releasing the relationship.
Forgiveness is hard work.
Sometimes it even feels like an impossible task. But it is only through walking this fourfold path that Tutu says we can free ourselves of the endless and unyielding cycle of pain and retribution.
The Book of Forgiving is both a touchstone and a tool, offering Tutu’s wise advice and showing the way to experience forgiveness.
Ultimately, forgiving is the only means we have to heal ourselves and our aching world.
The cost is $16. To pre-order, contact Jane Wyse by email below or call 905-527-1316 (420), or check with your parish which may have ordered multiple copies.