A total of 13 men and boys joined the St Peter Chapter for the last Kepha retreat of the year. The “Father, Forgive Them” retreat on November 19-20 did not just mark the end of a calendar year for Kepha, or even the end of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King. This retreat also completed the Year of Mercy, during which Kephans have been meditating on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. “Forgive injuries” was the last of these works to be covered over the course of three retreats in 2016.
The guest speaker at the retreat was Fr. James Oberle, PSS. Fr. Oberle is an affiliate assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas. He joined the Kephans after 8am Mass at St Mark the Evangelist in Plano, TX, to speak on 12 steps to forgiveness. We must consider what wrong was done us and what our involvement with it was. Forgiveness is not a instantaneous event; to truly forgive another one must take time to truly understand what we are forgiving and to pray and ask God’s help.