Forgiveness is for do-gooders, too

Right now a lot of us are asking ourselves about how forgiving we are.

rhodes_pilgrimage_wikiIt’s an important question, but at the moment I am more interested in what it is like to be forgiven—to act like a forgiven person, to think like one and actually to believe that I am one. Something tells me that how I answer the question of my own forgiveness has a great deal to do with whether or not I can forgive others. Continue reading

Father forgive


On the night of November 14, 1940, more than 500 German bombers struck the British city of Coventry. Wave after wave of bombers set the city ablaze in an attack lasting all night. Thousands of homes were destroyed and more than 500 people died. The incendiary bombs set fire to St. Michael’s Cathedral in the city center. After the fire went out, only the charred walls of the cathedral stood, a monument to the devastation and horror of total war. Continue reading

Fresh strawberries


Wilderness. A place of desolation, where the traveler gropes in the darkness—thirsty, weary, despairing. Tolkien describes Sam and Frodo’s trek in their wilderness, the dry and barren land of Mordor, with these words: “The night seemed endless and timeless, minute after minute falling dead and adding up to no passing hour, bringing no change.” Continue reading