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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Desmond Tutu on Forgiveness


Without forgiveness, we remain tethered to the person who harmed us.
We are bound with chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped.
Until we can forgive the person who harmed us,
that person will hold the keys to our happiness; that person will be our jailor.
When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings.
We become our own liberators.
Forgiveness, in other words, is the best form of self-interest.
This is true both spiritually and scientifically.
We don’t forgive to help the other person.
We don’t forgive for others.
We forgive for ourselves.
- Desmond Tutu (Archbishop Emeritus and recipient of Nobel Peace Prize)

We must be ready to learn from one another,
not claiming that we alone possess all truth
and that somehow we have a corner on God.
- Desmond Tutu

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
- Desmond Tutu


Pray for Forgiveness and Peace in our troubled world.

Further reading: Where there is Injustice

Ending Hatred

You have Enemies??

Judging Others

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