Question of the Day for Friday, July 26, 2013
What it means to forgive
Q. I don’t truly understand what it means to forgive. Recently I read of a person who forgave a man for taking the life of her daughter, but she still was in favor of his going to prison for life. Was that true forgiveness? Are there different stages of forgiveness?
— J.B., Fort Myers, Fla.
A. Here’s a reply from OSV columnist Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
Forgiveness is a fairly complex reality. It certainly does not mean absolving people from their evil deeds without any conversion of heart on their parts. Nor does it mean avoiding steps to ensure that the bad behavior does not occur again. Forgiveness, in essence, means ridding oneself of the burden of being the ultimate judge of a person or a situation. It means recognizing that one has only a limited picture of the evil in question and that only God knows the full circumstances. Forgiveness, then, means letting God be the judge.
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/July22262013/tabid/8727/Default.aspx