Thoughts on Forgiveness from Henri Nouwen

Posted on: January 17th, 2012 by Kay Swatkowski

Forgiveness is a topic we need to frequently address.  Even when we think we have learned the important lessons, we find ourselves struggling with being forgiving.

Henri Nouwen had some unusual thoughts on forgiveness that might be helpful to us.

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.
– Henri Nouwen

Forgiveness allows us to claim our own power and not let these events destroy us; it enables them to become events that deepen the wisdom of our hearts. Forgiveness indeed heals memories.

- Henri Nouwen

I hope you find these challenging thoughts helpful today.

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