Forgiveness

I’ve been reading Paul Vallely’s excellent article in the Independent about Rev Julie Nicholson, the Bristol Vicar who is resigning because she cannot forgive the terrorists who killed her daughter in the July bombings in London.  One can only admire and respect her integrity and her courage – empathise with her as a parent … and wonder.  It takes me back to a meeting with Father Michael Lapsley in South Africa – his hands were blown off by a letter bomb sent by agents of the apartheid government in South Africa.  I remember him saying, ‘The church uses forgiveness like a weapon – you must forgive ..’  But it isn’t like that.  Surely she deserves more time and the prayers of many people

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