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Finding Freedom Through Reconciliation
Clendenen and Martin bring the strength of scripture and the Christian tradition to real-life situations to show how we can truly free ourselves from the pain and harbored resentments of the past and take up the biblical injunction to forgive.
This book explores approach and methods of The Forgiveness Exchange. This modality indicates that human beings can find a lasting experience of reconciliation.
Reviews and endorsements
"I came to realize that so much of Cardinal Bernardin’s personal journey of faith was synthesized at the end in the 'graced afternoon of reconciliation' . . . This book assures that such a memory lives on . . ."
—Sister Mary Brian Costello, R.S.M., former chief of staff to Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of the Archdiocese of Chicago
"The authors do an excellent job of exploring the roles of the offender, offended and community in this process of authentic engagement. Repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation are key concepts in restorative justice, and I recommend this book as a basic text for understanding these values . . ."
—Thomas Cavanagh, scholar, writer, and facilitator of the Restorative Justice Movement
"This book is an invaluable resource for healing broken relationships in all areas of life, personal and societal."
—Sister Carol Frances Jegen, B.V.M., author and professor emeritus of pastoral studies, Loyola University, Chicago
"Confessors and pastoral counselors often wish they had a theologically sound, handy resource to recommend to persons who struggle with forgiving others, a guide they can use in the often long process of forgiveness and reconciliation. Forgiveness is such a resource.
—Rev. Alphonse Spilly, C.P.P.S., director, Bernardin Center, Catholic Theological Union