Dr. Dana Ruiz-Sesante
Cindy Ruiz Garaña, R.N.
MY parent’s marriage is on the brink of a break-up. Fights and anger fill our gloomy home. They are going to sell the house and plan to divide the pay-off between them. It’s over, actually.
It was difficult for me to decide whether I would stay with either mom or dad after their split-up.
The situation is confusing. I witnessed their relationship crumble into pieces. Throughout the crisis, my respect for my parents di
One asked to be forgiven for becoming "romantically involved" with his wife's sister. Another asked forgiveness for selling drugs, while a third asked to be forgiven for killing an older brother's turtles as a child.
All made their requests on a website called deepQs.com, short for "deep questions," which aims to help people let go of bitterness and resentment while donating to charity. People testify, named or anonymously, while pledging to donate $1 to their choice of charity for every pe
Apologising is a sign of courage that nobody should be above showing, today's sermon says.
■ Repent your sins and aim for fresh start
Even the prophets would show remorse and seek forgiveness.
"Apologising does not reduce a person's status, but raises it - even if it were from a father to his son, a teacher to his student or a manager to his employee."
The sermon refers to apologising to Allah for mistakes and sins. The Quran says: "And those who, when they do an evil t
More news and views on the healing of relationships, and the fracturing of the church, in its many forms:
The other day I clicked below my blog on a Wordpress-generated link to an article on spirituality and psychology. It turned out to also be about charismatic Christian practices like fainting in the Spirit, peer pressure, faking it, and “groupthink” (none of which I am going to go into here), but parts of the blog were nevertheless instructive on personal spirituality as well.
Forgiveness is the renunciation or cessation of resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offence, disagreement, or mistake, or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution. The Oxford English Dictionary defines forgiveness as 'to grant free pardon and to give up all claim on account of an offence or debt'. The concept and benefits of forgiveness have been explored in religious thought, the social sciences and medicine. Forgiveness may be considered simply in terms of the
Last week we saw why we should forgive, this week, let’s look at what forgiveness is.
Thirty years after the death of Jesus, in the town of Collase, there lived a wealthy Christian man named Philemon. Philemon owned a slave named Onesimus.
At some point Onesimus escaped from Philemon, likely stealing money to pay for his journey and new life in Rome. While in Rome, through the Providence of God, Onesimus ran into Paul and was eventually converted to Christianity. The New Testament letter P
When one reads Helen Prejean’s, Dead Man Walking, what is often lost in the sheer power of the story is what she recounts at the very end of the book and intends precisely as the real ending to the story.
The book ends with the story of Lloyd LeBlanc, the father of the boy who was murdered, and his struggle to forgive his son’s killer.
After the execution of the man who killed his son, Prejean describes how she would occasionally meet Lloyd LeBlanc at a chapel which holds perpetual adorat
We need to accept our own imperfections and try to forgive others for the wrong done by them in order to ensure our psychological and spiritual well-being.
We cannot see our own faults. So when others point them out, we should pay attention and be grateful. And we should not be
too eager to see the weaknesses in others.
The Bible says: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”
At times, people criticize us out of
Nashville based singer/songwriter Courtney Jaye’s third full-length album, Love and Forgiveness, wraps bruised experience in an optimistic sheen for a message that new beginnings are always possible. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert, David Nail), Love and Forgiveness recalls the laid-back pop vibe of 1970s California country heard in artists like Neil Young and The Eagles with a decidedly alternative slant.
Courtney’s angelic, high plains vocal and its stead
Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day where we’ve been officially paying tribute to our mothers in the United States since 1914, almost 100 years. As we grew up, Mom was usually there to calm our fears, encourage us, tend to our injuries, teach us fairness and forgiveness, and provide for countless other needs that we took for granted. Often we don’t gain a real appreciation of all our mothers did for us until we become parents ourselves.
When I first saw the popular movie “A Christmas Story”, I was