Do you remember a childhood place where you’d daydream, write in a diary, read or hide from a tormenting brother (or sister)—a place where you felt totally safe? Do you have one now?
What about a safe person—one you could go to for acceptance, love, and even forgiveness when needed?
Feeling “safe” has a lot to do with our ability to ask for forgiveness from another and from God in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Being anxious or uncertain that you’ll be forgiven can be a barrier to celebrating the sacrament. And let’s face it: Naming your sins to another isn’t the most comfortable thing to do anyway.
Some of the young people and adults with whom we work don’t have safe places or people to help them believe that God loves them unconditionally. A strong image I have of God’s love and forgiveness—one of my “safe” places and relationships—is from Pardon and Peace…Remembered
. Some of you will remember the Franciscan Communications classic Pardon and Peace
. If so, you can probably guess my safe image: a house at night with all the lights lit, welcoming a prodigal child home (Windows Media
Offer this video story and powerful image of God’s desire to be reconciled with us. The original was updated a few years ago—the “old man” (played by the same actor!) looks back at young David’s journey home and shares with his granddaughter the impact this had on his own life.
Enjoy and share this story segment of the Catholic Update Video
, “The God Who Reconciles
.” Add witness, teaching and music video segments to the story, and you get a real bargain at $19.95. Not a bad deal if it softens a few hearts and opens others to God’s forgiveness!