Momentos is one of my favorite short films because it beautifully shows a powerful truth: forgiveness is the path to healing. No words are spoken, and yet it says so much. It may well say different things to you than it does to me, but here’s what I take away from it:
You are more than what you think. You are more than a label–homeless person, alcoholic, victim, dumb, slow, jerk, whatever-others-have-called-you-or-you-have-called-yourself. You are a human being, with intrinsic value and dignity. Perhaps you have fallen. Who hasn’t? Perhaps in your falling you hurt others, too. Who hasn’t?
You think you are beyond hope. But don’t you remember? There was a time. A time when you felt alive, connected to something bigger. Perhaps even loved. That moment in time, and that person you were then, is still part of you. You cannot go back and undo things, but you can let that almost-forgotten spark of wholeness in you blossom again.
It won’t be easy. Habits of mind and behavior are never easy to change. But the key to the kind of healing you need is forgiveness. Forgiveness transforms hurt into a receptacle of graces, breaking down the barriers and opening new horizons.
Can you forgive yourself? Can you forgive those who have hurt you? And can you accept their forgiveness? This is the path to healing, and this remarkable seven-minute film shows the beginning of healing. It is still fragile, and still could be lost, but on their faces you can see the renewal of hope. Watch it.
Forgiveness is the tan section of the singing wilderness spiritual map.