Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi and Birthday of Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM Forgiveness as Spiritual Practice
Each October we make some recognition of the example of St Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is on 4 October (as is Ian’s birthday). We regard St Francis and his friend St Clare as Patron Saints of Hopewell and seek to embody some of their spirit of love and acceptance of life’s realities as part of the ethos of Hopewell and Paradise Kids. The chosen theme of “Forgiveness as a Spiritual Practice” seems appropriate to the vision of Francis.
Many books have been written on the topic of forgiveness, so this is but a selection from what might be included. In compiling the notes, attention has been given to the issue of the beliefs and reasons that motivate people to forgive, such as understandings about the nature of God and the role of spirituality in being human, as individuals and as communities. As a reflection of the work we do at Hopewell and Paradise Kids, there is also recognition of the close connections between the grief process and the ability to complete the healing work of forgiveness. Click Here to Read More