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The mystery of forgiveness

“I believe with all my heart that the mystery of forgiveness is the entire Gospel.  When you ‘get’ forgiveness, you get it.  We use the phrase ‘falling in love.’ I think forgiveness is almost the same thing.  It is a mystery we fall into: the mystery is God.  God forgives all for being imperfect, broken, and poor.  When we know God, we meet  a lover, not a dictator. God is never found to be an abusive father or a tyrannical mother, but always a lover who  is more than we dared hope for.  How different than the ‘account manager’ that most  people seem to worship.”  Fr Richard Rohr

Bird Woman Falls, Glacier National Park

On the way to Sperry Glacier


Forgiveness 2

I am always amazed at how much lighter and freer I feel, spiritually and emotionally, when I first let go of, then actually forgive, those who have hurt me in one way or another. I find there is a real danger when I let the negative energy of “my hurt” take hold of me and control my actions. Henri Nouwen puts it very well in his book, “Bread for the Journey:

“To forgive another person from the heart is an act of liberation….As long as we do not forgive those who have wounded us, we carry them with us, or worse, pull them as a heavy load.  The great temptation is to cling in anger to our enemies and then define ourselves as being offended and wounded by them. Forgiveness, therefore, liberates not only the other but also ourselves. It is the way to the freedom of the children of God.”  

Chimney Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness

Hells Canyon sunrise