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  Catherine Blount

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The mission of the Catherine Blount Foundation is to facilitate the demonstration and teaching of the healing power of forgiveness so individuals, groups, and governments can attain the change of perception that will allow them to heal old hurts and injustices and find peace. The ultimate goal of the Catherine Blount Foundation is a peaceful world.

FORGIVENESS - Giving Up All Hope for a Better Past!

In 1980 Aba Gayle’s daughter, Catherine Blount, was brutally murdered. The man who murdered her was convicted and sentenced to death. He is now on death row in San Quentin Prison, north of San Francisco.

For eight long years, Aba Gayle was in darkness, feeling consumed with rage,  hate and the wish for revenge. Her days were filled with anger and despair.  In 1988, a visit to the Unity Church in Auburn, CA, resulted in the discovery of a metaphysical bookstore. Aba Gayle then began what she calls her Journey of Light.   The next four years were devoted to meditation and spiritual studies.

In 1992, Aba Gayle heard a voice that said, "You must forgive him . . . and you must let him know."   This  voice was so compelling to Gayle, that she wrote a letter to the convicted killer in which she expressed forgiveness and compassion.  The moment she mailed the letter, Aba Gayle was filled with peace, love and joy and found the healing for her grief.  She felt it was a miracle.   Aba Gayle has since developed a friendship with the murderer that continues to this day.
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So began Aba Gayle’s journey of demonstrating and teaching The Healing Power of Forgiveness.  In 1998, Aba Gayle established The Catherine Blount Foundation as a living tribute to the daughter who did not live to see her 20th birthday. (The picture to the right was taken in 1979 when Catherine was 18.)

From personal experience Aba Gayle discovered that genuine forgiveness offers freedom from the prison of hatred and helps heal the pain of tragic loss. Gayle learned to free herself from the downward spiral of grief after her teenage daughter was brutally murdered. She found her faith and began her journey toward forgiveness, which included developing a relationship with her daughter’s murderer.

The Catherine Blount Foundation reaches out to you with support and welcomes the opportunity to be of service to you. Executive Director, Aba Gayle is a teacher, counselor and group facilitator. She willingly offers her story to help others heal from devastating loss. Teaching the healing power of forgiveness, she speaks about forgiveness as the alternative to hate and violence. Anger and hatred make you sick--forgiveness makes you whole.

Even if it seems impossible to you to love your enemy, you can and must in order to free yourself.  You CAN heal the wounds of the past; you CAN free yourself of pain and anguish, you CAN learn to love your enemy.  Your hatred can be transformed to LOVE.

We invite you to ask Aba Gayle to speak to your school, church, club or any group. Workshops are available for those who would like assistance in working through their personal need to forgive. We find group dynamics are helpful to the process. It is important to understand that forgiveness is a process and takes as long as it needs to. No one should feel they are on a rigid schedule. It is also important to      realize that Forgiveness is not something you give away. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.

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This web site is a work in progress-always changing-always growing. We invite you to share your stories of how forgiveness has changed your life for the better. We are looking for real people, not saints or celebrities. Please submit your story by email in 500 words or less with a photo that we can publish on the web site. It will be considered for a place on our page: REAL STORIES OF FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS - Giving Up All Hope for a Better Past!


Aba Gayle's Personal Vision and Goal

Aba Gayle offers her personal story as an example of  a journey from the darkness of despair to finding forgiveness and inner peace. Feeling that she is living in a state of grace, Aba Gayle's primary goal in life is to teach that love and forgiveness can heal your life.  She demonstrates in daily actions as well as in her speaking or writing that anyone can learn to forgive. This is Aba Gayle's personal experience and her total commitment.

"Even if it seems impossible to you to love your enemy, you can and must in order to free yourself.  You CAN heal the wounds of the past; you CAN free yourself of pain and anguish, you CAN learn to love your enemy. Your hatred can be transformed to LOVE." Aba Gayle, Mother of Catherine Blount

"Teach only love for that is what you are."-A Course in Miracles


How We Work 

Aba Gayle is available to speak to groups of any size.  Her intention in sharing her story is to create a change in mindset of those who are focused on anger to a total emotional healing and the ability to feel deep inner peace.

Aba Gayle’s message is received with joy and thanksgiving. Reports of lives that have been profoundly healed. After attending a memorial service,  Father Pedro Ottonela, a 76 year-old priest, told Aba Gayle, "You are a Blessing!  You are walking in the light.  Please pray for me." 

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The Catherine Blount Foundation as a Resource

There are many sources of information and support Aba Gayle found on this often-painful journey.  If the Foundation can help you or your organization in any way, we welcome that opportunity.  Reach out now for help and support!

We offer videos and audio tapes of Aba Gayle speaking about her personal journey of forgiveness.  We also are happy to offer our popular forgiveness bumper sticker.