When people are unable to forgive, they might be hurt not only by the offender, but also by the resentment. For some who struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, holding on to resentment and anger may lead to more substance abuse.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center will offer a serenity retreat with the theme of forgiveness and healing on March 18-19 to provide an opportunity to let go of emotional pain and excuses for destructive behavior.

This closed retreat for people in recovery from alcoholism or chemical dependency will define forgiveness, explore the specific steps of letting go of resentments and look at how forgiveness leads to healing and a stronger path of recovery.

The retreat will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and conclude at 4 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $95 for commuters (Saturday lunch included), or $135 for overnight accommodations and all meals. The registration deadline is March 4. Call 608-791-5295 or go to www.FSCenter.org.

No one will be turned away for inability to pay. Confidential financial assistance is available through the FSC’s Norman L. Gillette Sr. Scholarship Fund. Call FSC office manager Laurie Swan at 608-791-5279 for details.

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