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But I forgive You

“But I forgive you. This is unconditional forgiveness flowing from unconditional love, the kind of forgiveness we receive from God. Cardinal John Henry Newman called this “Christian revenge”—returning good for evil.
The act of forgiving lifts a great weight from the forgiver. It frees from the obligation to hang on to the hurt, and promotes interior joy and freedom. But vengeance makes more sense to our minds clouded by sin. And so it takes a great leap of faith to love one another as God loves us and to forgive as God forgives. We do not realize that forgiveness frees the forgiver even more than the offender, and that lack of forgiveness is a hitter trap”

From:  Life Lessons from the Monastery
by Jerome Kodell, OSB

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