Busted Halo
feature: religion & spirituality
February 5th, 2010

Could you forgive?

A retreat series and new Paulist Productions documentary look at forgiveness


Rev. Frank Desiderio, CSP, facilitates forgiveness retreats throughout the United States (forgivenessretreats.org), featuring the award-winning documentary The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness, which he executive-produced while president of Paulist Productions. The film tells dramatic stories of astonishing acts of forgiveness, courage and grace, and features psychologists and scientists who study the impact of forgiveness on the human condition, and some of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time including Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Sr. Helen Prejean, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Rev. Joseph Lowery.

“How to Let Go of a Grudge” forgiveness retreats (forgivenessretreats.org) will be held at religious and holistic centers throughout the United States and have been booked already in Michigan, the Washington, D.C. area and Los Angeles for late 2009 and 2010. Rev. Desiderio will also be presenting at the Religious Education Congress of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles in March.

Starting this month The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness will be available to the public at Vision Video. It is available for individual or group purchase through the Vision Video catalog and online.

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  • Crissy

    During my conversion, I learned a great thing about forgiveness: it’s not a two way street. You can forgive someone even if they don’t know about it. It’s not about the person who committed an act that requires forgiveness, it’s about you letting go of the burden of a grudge. Sure, it’s nice if they know that they’ve been forgiven, but sometimes life does not always offer that as an option.

  • Daniel

    Interesting video. Just wondering, … God Forgives us, right? But, what about those who do acts of violence… Can God forgive those people? Can we forgive those who do acts of violence? Interesting question to pray about.

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