Healing Life’s Hurts so We Don’t Forgive Too Soon
Just as we have a natural process to stop the bleeding and heal our physical wounds so too we have a natural grieving process to heal emotional hurts. This retreat will slowly walk through the healing of a hurt with its five stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression (shame and guilt) and acceptance (discovering our gifts). Each session will end with an exercise for healing life’s hurts. As the emotions of anger, shame and guilt are allowed to be felt and loved, they are no longer compulsive drives but gift us to give and receive deep life with God and others. Come to not just be healed of your hurts but to go forth with new gifts.
This is a semi-silent retreat. Aside from the time for group conversation as shared by the retreat director, retreatants are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals.
Fr. Matthew Linn, SJ, has focused on integrating physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with advanced graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality and theology. Since 1970 he has given courses and retreats in over 60 countries. Ordained in 1973, he currently lives in a Jesuit community in Minneapolis where he trains spiritual directors at Sacred Ground and serves on the editorial board of Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction.