Archive for the ‘Forgiveness’ Category
On October 20, 2013, tragedy rocked Forest Grove, a small town on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Two young step-sisters, Anna Dieter and Abigail Robinson, were killed in a hit-and-run accident. The town was shocked to hear of the girls’ deaths.
It was also shocked to learn the parents’ response. Continue reading
On January 31, 2012, 73-year-old Carl Ericsson rang the doorbell of Norman Johnson, a classmate of his from the 1950s. When the elderly Johnson opened the door, Ericsson pulled a .45-caliber pistol from his pocket and shot the homeowner dead.
The coldblooded murder moved Ericsson from one prison to another. Continue reading
What’s up with the claims of household cleaners? One promises to remove 99.99% bacteria. Another one pledges to kill 99.99% of germs. When it comes to most things in life, most people believe that 99.99% is good enough.
But there’s one area of life that isn’t so forgiving. In this case, 99.99% isn’t anywhere near good enough. Continue reading
Throughout his life, President Lincoln developed a reputation for compassion and forgiveness. Regardless of how grievous the offense, or how vile the offender, Lincoln was known to exercise his right of presidential pardon quite often.
Perhaps one of the best known examples was in the case of “the sleeping sentinel.” Continue reading
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,” declares Tolstoy in War and Peace. The truth – and consequence – of that statement has revealed itself time and time again throughout the travesties in mankind’s history.
Sadly, it was true of an entire church in Nazi Germany. Continue reading
Immaculée Ilibagiza could hear the killers calling her name. For weeks, she and seven other women silently hid in a tiny shower, trying to escape the holocaust raging through their native Rwanda. The genocide had already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
For days on end, she wondered if she would survive…or die like the rest of her family. Continue reading
For most of us, learning proper syntax and correct grammar was as exciting as watching grass grow. We diagrammed sentences, studied subject/verb agreement…and hated every minute of it. But for Immaculée Ilibagiza, a young African girl caught in a civil war, learning English became a matter of life and death. Continue reading
At the end of one’s life, it’s customary to reflect on relationships. Loved ones can be celebrated and those who have caused harm can be restored through forgiveness. For many, this celebration and restoration is a very important part of the dying experience.
Evidently, it wasn’t for Ramon Maria Narvaez. Continue reading