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Forgiving within hours of the violence

A few old trees remain standing in the pasture that had been the schoolyard. In addition, five young evergreens now grow along a nearby fence row... They rise heavenward, quietly pointing to the Divine Grace that somehow enabled the community to forgive within hours of the violence.

~ Donald B Kraybill in "Amish Memorials:The Nickel Mines Pasture and Quiet Forgiveness" HUFFPOST, 2011

Blessed are those who have asked for forgiveness

Blessed are those who have confessed
  their erring ways,
  who have asked for forgiveness.
Blessed are those whose burdens
  have been lifted,
  who are able to respond with love.
For the Beloved walks with them and
  speaks to them in the Silence;
With mercy and compassion, they
  are held in Love's heart;
All who are at one with Love will
  live in peace and harmony.

~ from PSALMS FOR PRAYING, 94, by Nan Merrill

Forgiveness is tremendous strength

In our society, forgiveness is often seen as weakness. People who forgive those who have hurt them or their family are made to look as if they really don't care about their loved ones. But forgiveness is tremendous strength. It is the action of someone who refuses to be consumed by hatred and revenge.

~ Helen Prejean

How forgiveness budded

I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany,but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.

~ from THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner
By Khaled Hosseini

The blessing of forgiveness

The healing of our present woundedness may lie in recognizing and reclaiming the capacity we all have to heal each other, the enormous power in the simplest of human relationships: the strength of touch, the blessing of forgiveness, the grace of someone else taking you as you are and finding in you an unexpected goodness.

~ Rachel Naomi Remen

Forgiveness is twice blessed

Forgiveness is twice blessed. It frees the one forgiven from guilt and you from bitterness. Forgiveness sheds light on the subject. It lets love, instead of judgment, shine in. Judgment curdles the soul; forgiveness invites your spirit to burst into bloom.

~ from HEART AND SOUL by Daphne Rose Kingma

Giving forth positive energy

Giving forth positive energy in the name of blessing instead of giving forth negative energy in the form of cursing is forgiveness.

~ Don Roth

The only way to permanently change the world

Forgiveness is not just some nebulous, vague idea one can easily dismiss. It has to do with uniting people through practical politics. Without forgiveness there is no future. To forgive is the only way to permanently change the world.

~ Desmond Tutu

March 2015 (Vol. XXVIII, No. 3)

Greetings dear friends! Recently I listened to a man recounting an incident that had led to a falling out with a friend he had known for thirty years. His sorrow and regret were palpable as he agonized over how to mend the wound that had opened up between them. "He won't even talk to me. How can I say I'm sorry?" If even this relatively benign infraction was so difficult to overcome, how much harder is it to forgive the unspeakable cruelties we humans inflict on each other and on the world around us? Yet how can we heal wounds without the grace of forgiveness?

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Making ourselves fully available

When we have made ourselves fully available to our neighbor and to God, becoming emptied in the process, then at last we begin to live.

~ from HAPPINESS THAT LASTS by Martin Israel
Happiness That Lasts
By Martin Israel
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