Forgiveness Frees Us from the Past

Posted by Albert Haase on Aug 2, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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In forgiving and pardoning my neighbor, I I make the conscious decision not to “fuss” over and live in the past. I never really forget what you did to me, but I deliberately choose not to keep picking the scab, not to become entangled in the grudge. I choose to free you from the past by electing not to dwell, mention or remind others of what you did. To use another image, the portal to the past remains in my heart but I make the choice to close the door, lock it, and throw the key away.

—from Instruments of Christ: Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

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