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Forgiveness Releases the Bonds of Hatred

Alexander Pope aptly pointed out that “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” That is, it is normal to make mistakes, including the type that hurts others. We probably have all made mistakes. And when we did so, we may have dismissed our mistakes with a simple, “Whoops, sorry about that, I’m only human, you know.” Yes, we’re only human; …

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The Power of Forgiveness

In the previous issue I wrote about apologizing to others. But what should we do if someone apologizes to us? Forgive them, of course! This issue deals with the power of forgiveness. Children’s eyes may light up when given a new toy, but the excitement quickly fades. Yet, one kind word may impact an entire lifetime. Aren’t gifts of the …

Love, Forgive, Be Kind……….Anyway

        In our journey through life, we try to be the best person we can be. We try to be kind, helpful and generous. Only to have people walk all over us.  Rabbi Harold Kushner is fond of saying “just because you are a vegetarian, doesn’t mean the bull won`t attack.” The question is with all the …

A Most Difficult Act to Perform – Forgiving

  It is one of the most difficult acts to perform. It is talked by many; practiced by few. And needed more than ever. To forgive someone who has violated us.  It’s been said that by not forgiving others, we are only hurting ourselves. William Shakespeare wrote:” Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe …

“I can never forgive him for that.”

When Abigail was asked about her father, she wryly said, “I use to miss him, but now my aim is better.” Welcoming the opportunity to vent, she explained how her father cruelly taunted her as a child. She was constantly belittled and ridiculed and made to feel worthless. “I can never forgive him for that.” she went on to add. …

Forgiving is for giving

As I write this, Christmas decorations appear everywhere, reminding me that this is the season for giving. But for giving what? Children’s eyes may light up when they get a new toy, but the excitement quickly fades. Yet, one kind word may leave an impact on an entire lifetime. Aren’t gifts of the heart far more potent than gifts of …

To err is human, to forgive, divine

The title of this article is a profound statement made by Alexander Pope. It points out that it is normal to make mistakes, including the type that hurts others. We probably have all made mistakes. And when we did so, we may have dismissed our mistakes with a simple, Whoops, sorry about that, Im only human, you know. Yes, were …