3 most difficult things to do

August 16, 2010

I came across these quote from a retreat I attended almost five years ago.  The retreat facilitator was giving a talk on forgiveness, and he said,

“The three most difficult things to do are:
Return love for hate
Include the excluded
Admit that you are wrong.”
Whew!  I would say he summed the challenges of forgiveness up pretty well.  I am struck by this statement on not only a personal level, but also a global level as we continue to witness hurt and hate in so many areas of our world, including the United States.  
Which of the three most difficult things strikes you the most?  Why are you drawn to that one? 
What areas of your life or in our world is God calling you to be an active participant in forgiveness and healing? 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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