In this book I examine the wide-ranging and frequently challenging subject of reconciliation in the light of the statements set out in the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation. The Litany is loosely based on the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ – each of which describes an aspect of the condition of the human heart and each of which is easily identifiable as a cause of conflict in human elations. Ultimately, the Litany helps us to cut through the complex geopolitical, religious and relational quagmires that exist and get to he heart of the issue. Simply, we are all in need of reconciliation.
In Father, Forgive I also attempt to tackle perhaps the greatest reconciliation needed in Christianity – namely, the way in which we have dealt with the Jewish people for over 2,000 years. But my purpose is not just to look at conflict at an international level. We must also examine our hearts as individuals. What are our own needs for personal reconciliation – not only with God but with one another?
As we come to look at reconciliation, we see that it is all to do with forgiveness. Forgiveness is the most important thing in life, since it is the only thing that can prevent the pain of the past from determining our future. So, whilst we look at each aspect of the Litany, remember that, in the end, forgiveness is the key to unlocking the most complex of situations.
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Monarch Books; 1st New edition edition (May 15, 2013)